POKHARA, March 31: The Pokhara Metropolitan City has fixed the benchmark of the nine lakes in the Pokhara Valley. This issue had been lingering for long because of disputes over it.
The 55th meeting of the Pokhara Metropolitan City's Executive on Wednesday fixed the standard for all the nine lakes including the Phewa Lake.
Accordingly, a 30 meters standard has been set for the Phewa Lake. This means that 30 meters of space around the lake should be left vacant.
Khagendra Subedi and others had filed a writ at the Supreme Court ten years ago challenging the construction of several structures close to the lake. In response to a writ petition, the apex court had issued a directive order to all the three tiers of government to settle the dispute regarding the standard some three years ago.
But all the three-tier of the government had failed to settle the dispute for long. At the heart of the dispute was whether the standard should be set at 65 meters or 30 meters.
The standard for Begnas and Rupa lakes has been fixed at 55 meters from 100 meters while that of the Dipang, Khaste, Gunde, Nyureni and Maidi lakes has been determined at 20 meters.