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Save Manasbal campaign has been started in Kashmir to restore the ecological health of the famous lake which is a huge tourist attraction for visitors from all over the world. The Manasbal Lake is located in the Ganderbal District in the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. It is said that the name Manasbal is a derivative of Lake Manasarovar. Lake Manasbal is flanked by three villages that is Jarokha Bagh, Gratabal and Kondabal. Of late, the Manasbal Lake has seen its environment deteriorating to a big extent. In order to restore the Manasbal Lake to its pristine state, various civil bodies such as NGO Social Concern Group have come together with the campaign for Saving Lake Manasbal.

It is quite disheartening to see the state of the Manasbal Lake now. It is plagued by several factors such as encroachment, pollution, littering of non-biodegradables as well as eutrophication of its coastal periphery. The deep waters of the Manasbal Lake have become anoxic. The main sources of pollution are the waste water runoff from the catchment population. The pollution level is extremely high on the Kondabal side where people live on the extreme banks of the lake. As a result of human pressures over the years, the lake has become eutrophic. The water body is virtually choked with submerged weeds, particularly during summer which is the prime tourist season.

Lake Manasbal is a big source of income for a large number of families living in the area. It also boosts the economy of Jammu and Kashmir. Pollution is threatening the life of aquatic flora and fauna, particularly a large variety of fish and Nadru is already endangered. If people are not made aware of the situation and steps are not taken to beat the pollution levels, then sooner or later the lake will be completely lost. A remarkable source of water and biodiversity would be lost. The mining and quarrying in this area has changed the demographic features of the lake. Pollution at Kondabal region is on red alert. Plastic and polythene pollution, agricultural pollutants, pesticides, garbage, sewage, fecal matter: all pollutants find their way into the Lake Manasbal, thus deteriorating the ecology, quality of water and the beauty of the lake.

Save Manasbal Lake campaign has taken off in a big way. Leading NGOs and eminent personalities have come forward to support the Saving Lake Manasbal campaign. We request all of you to come forward and join the Saving Lake Manasbal campaign.

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About Dost Dar

Dost Mohammad Dar (Dost Dar) lives in Kashmir, India. He is a Writer, Poet and Activist. He is the Founder and President of Social Concern Group and ,Joint Effort for Welfare of Environment and Life {JEWEL}. He has published a number of articles and participated in national seminars.
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