Experts start geological study
- bid to save maipokhari wetland
Jul 25, 2014-A team of geologists has started a geological and biological study at Maipokhari, a religious and tourist destination in the district, to find out the causes of its decreasing water level. Maipokhari is a wetland site enlisted as a Ramsar site in October 2008.
“The study focuses on geographical situation of the area and causes of decreasing water level. It will help find out situation of rock and soil in the area,” said Subesh Ghimire, who is part of the two-week study.
The study covers the area from Panchthar to Fikkal in Ilam with special focus on three kilometre area around Maipokhari. Local people are hopeful that the study will help resolve the problem. The wetland area is located around 13 kilometres from the district headquarters. The Namsaling Community Development Centre arranged the study in cooperation with other stakeholders. Dinesh Bhattarai of the Centre said they initiated the study to resolve the problem of decreasing water level in the pond. Local people attributed construction of infrastructures and increasing movements of people around Maipokhari to the problem. Located at an altitude of 2,121 metres above the sea level, the Maipokhari area spreads over 90 hectares of land.
Published: 26-07-2014 09:19