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Odisha: Chilika shrinking due to massive siltation June 12,2019   |  Source: Orissa Post

The Chilika Lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, is slowly inching towards extinction due to heavy siltation, a report said Monday. The lake which spreads over Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts is slowly getting filled up due to siltation with the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) failing to maintain it.

The people here said both the Centre and the state are providing several crores for the development of the lake, but the CDA has failed to use the funds properly. It is feared that if the government does not intervene fast, the day is not far off when the lake will get removed from the world tourism map. The lake is the largest winter ground for migratory birds from the Indian sub-continent and Europe, and is home to a number of threatened species of plants and animals. Thousands of tourists visit the lake in winter for bird watching and to enjoy the beauty of the lake. However, the lake’s area is shrinking and it is losing its beauty.

Environmentalists said the lake originally covered 2,000 sq. km, but it has now shrunk to 1,165 sq. km due to the heavy growth of weeds and flow of soil from rivers and waste dumping. Fishermen said that the lake is home to over 225 species of fish, prawns and crabs, but the fish catch has declined now as the lake is getting


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