Though Loktak Lake is undeniably gorgeous, life on the lake for the local people isn't so easy.
The lake expanded in 1983 after a large hydroelectric dam was constructed in the area. More than 80,000 hectares of farm and grazing lands flooded as the lake grew.
A loss of farmland meant people needed to find new work. But there's no industry to be found near Loktak Lake that could provide enough work for the 100,000 people living on its shores.
People then turned to fishing as a means of supporting themselves. But having thousands of people dependent upon fishing opens up a new can of worms.
As the water levels sink, pollution levels rise, and the dams obstruct fish migration patterns, overfishing is a serious concern for Loktak Lake.
It's gotten to the point that Manipur now needs to import fish from neighboring states, and migratory birds have stopped coming to the lake because there aren't enough fish to feed them.
How to find a balance between man and nature? We don't know. But it doesn't hurt to be aware of struggles that lie beneath a pretty surface.
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