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Tinjure ponds face extinction
Jan 14, 2018-
Natural lakes and ponds in Tinjure Milke Jaljale area are gradually drying up due to lack of conservation.
Tinjure Milke Jaljale area, bordering Tehrathum, Sankhuwasabha and Taplejung districts, is also known as the capital of rhododendron. The area with rich bio-diversity is home to 28 species out of 32 types of rhododendrons found in the country.
A large number of lakes and ponds in the area are, however, drying up every
year in the absence of conservation measures, and encroachment.
Water levels in the lakes and ponds have receded due to construction of roads and increased human settlements, according to local people.
They said that around two dozen lakes were in existence until two decades ago in the areas above from Basantapur of Tehrathum. They said Panchpokhari, Sukepokhari, Bhutepokhari, Jorpokhari, Khopkin Pokhari, but many of them have dried up since.
Likewise, the water levels in Guphapokhari, Lampokhari, Sabhapokhari among other ponds have gradually decreased.
There has been a noticeable drop in the water level in Margapokhari, a pond located in the area bordering Tehrathum and Dhankuta districts. In the past, the human settlements in the area used to be at risk due to overflow of water from the Margapokhari.
Narayan Dahal of Shreejanghu said that all five ponds have dried up, leaving behind only ditches.
Two beautiful lakes Sukepokhari and Jorpokhari are non existent has come to an end with no water in them.
Hari Khanal, a local resident, said the water level is rapidly decreasing in Guphapokhari and there are doubts if it would even exist 10 years from now if the trend continues.
Dams were built around the pond a few years earlier to control its outburst but that led to a dramatic decrease in the water level.
A large number of migratory birds, which used to flock the areas for their safe habitat, no longer come to these ponds due to lack of water, Khanal added.
Livelihood of the local community is also affected as they hardly have enough water to feed the cattle in dry seasons.
The Guphapokhari area, which was one of the tourist hotspots in the East not so long ago, has lost its charm.
Environmentalist Mausham Khanal warned that Guphapokhari would seize to exist within 5-7 years if the water dries up at the current rate. “I spent five years with the natural heritages of this area. It will be all gone in seven years unless we start conservation measures now,” he shared.
Published: 14-01-2018 08:11