Fewa Lake measures 5.726 square km, says province govt
February 28, 2021 06:27 PM NPT
POKHARA, Feb 28: The Gandaki Province government has unveiled the new measurement of the Fewa Lake, according to which, the lake measures 5.726 square kilometers (i.e. 11, 255 ropani 11 aana 1 paisa).
A meeting of the federal government’s Council of Ministers on February 23 this year had endorsed the measurement presented by the Fewa Lake Boundary Demarcation Committee, informed committee coordinator Punya Prasad Poudel.
As per the new demarcation, the perimeter of Fewa Lake has been determined 18 kilometres. It sprawls across Damsite in the east, Morebagar in its west, Kharpaudi-Chankhapur in its north and Chisapani Raniban in the south.
Fewa Lake is one among the nine lake clusters in Pokhara that were nominated as the 10th Ramsar site in Nepal in 2016. The lake is the major natural landmark of Pokhara, also known as the ‘Lake City’.
It is said that the lake, once-upon-a-time, was so clean that it used to reflect the magnificent image of Mt Machhapuchhre on its pristine water surface. But, such a majestic lake has been shrinking due to rapid urbanization, unchecked encroachment and erosion among others, causing widespread concerns among the locals and authorities including the Supreme Court.
The highest court in the country had issued an order to the government for the conservation of Fewa Lake.