As soon as the water level of the lake is reduced by one meter, the soil, stones, ballast, sand and other garbage in the lake will be removed. The lake is being cleaned under the leadership of Gandaki state government and coordination of Pokhara Metropolitan City. The Water Resources and Irrigation Development Division Office, Kaski, has started the work of repairing the Phewa Dam by lowering the water level by one meter 10 days ago.
It is said that the repair will take one month. Currently, cleaning work is being done to increase the depth and beauty of the lake. As the water level receded, the shores of the lake rose from two meters to 50 meters. Most of the lake shores look like the middle of the sea. There is a lot of mud and garbage on the shores of the lake.
A meeting of stakeholders chaired by Gandaki Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment Bikas Lamsal has formed a committee to clean the lake. The meeting was chaired by Ram Kaji Shrestha, Chief of Environment and Biodiversity Division under the Ministry. Anup Gurung, Kiran Acharya, Chief Engineer, Water Resources and Irrigation Development Division Office, Kaski; Kedar Baral, Chief, Division Forest Office, Kaski; A seven-member committee comprising Planning Commission member Saroj Koirala has been formed.
The work will be divided into four parts
Minister Lamsal informed that it has been decided to divide the lake into four parts to remove garbage including mud, gravel and sand. According to him, Kaski Water Resources and Irrigation Division Office, Pokhara Municipal Corporation and Lake Conservation and Development Authority from Firkekhola to Komagane Park, Lake Conservation and Development Authority Pokhara from Warahighat to Gaurako Chautara and Greater Watershed Management Center Pokhara and Land and Watershed Management Office Tanahu have worked in the lake area. Will do
Kiran Acharya, head of the Water Resources and Irrigation Development Division Office, Kaski, said that the study would take a week and then the amount of soil would be extracted and the budget would be known. He said that the study has shown that in the current situation, the lake will not exist in 193 years.
One lakh 42 thousand metric tons of soil and garbage is accumulated every year
According to a study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), 142,000 metric tons of soil and garbage accumulate in the Fewatal every year. From which zero point 18 square kilometers of lake is being filled every two years. As per the demarcation completed in 2065 BS, the catchment area of Fewatal is nine thousand nine hundred and 56 ropanis or five hundred and five hectares.
The study has stated that the lake will not exist in 150 years due to the removal of soil and garbage in the lake and failure to control it immediately. The locals have been cultivating the vacant land as the water level has decreased and the lake has started filling up. The total area of Fewatal is 12,709 ropanis, of which 2,101 ropanis have been cultivated after encroachment. The cultivated land of 653 ropanis has not been cultivated.
In 38 years, the fewatal has become 55 percent narrower. Apart from human encroachment, the size and type of soil in the lake is declining rapidly due to the soil flowing from the mouth of the river every year. According to the Pokhara Valley Urban Development Committee, the area of the lake has become 55 percent narrow between 017 and 055 BS. According to the committee, the water area of the lake has decreased from 984 hectares in 2017 BS to 443 hectares by 2055 BS.