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Floating research lab to test Loktak waters

Loktak lake

Imphal: The Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD) on Saturday launched a floating research laboratory in Loktak to test the quality of the lake's water and monitor its ecosystem.

Environment minister Th. Shyamkumar Singh flagged off the boat laboratory at Sendra, about 46km from here, on the fringe of the lake. It will be manned by five scientists of IBSD, an Imphal-based central institute.

IBSD director Dinabandhu Sahoo said the floating laboratory would test the water at 15 sites in Loktak lake four times a year - once in each of the four seasons.

"The objective of launching the floating laboratory is to test the quality of the lake's water and to make recommendations to the authorities to take steps as per the findings of the test," Sahoo said.

He said the quality of the lake water has deteriorated over the years because of pollution.

The IBSD will also conduct a study to improve the quality of life of the lake dwellers by improving condition of the huts constructed on floating biomass by making the dwelling places more hygienic. At present, the huts are full of mosquitoes, Sahoo said.

"We are also planning to do a research on converting the lake's water plants into organic compost and other items which are economically useful," he added.

Welcoming the launch of the laboratory, Shyamkumar Singh said the state government would extend full cooperation to the IBSD's research work.

"We will take necessary steps to improve the ecosystem of the lake according to the findings of the IBSD's research work," the minister said.

The director of Loktak Development Authority, Longjam Bhagaton, said the quality of lake's water had improved because of the Authority's intervention.

The vice-chairman of Manipur Infrastructure Development Agency, Asnikumar Moirangthem, welcomed the research.

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