Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-02-14 14:31:03
Current Affairs | Release Date 2021-02-14 14:31:03

• Authorities have initiated preliminary steps to demolish the illegally constructed villas of Kapico Kerala Resorts Private Limited on Nediyathuruthu island in Vembanad Lake.

About:

• Vembanad (Vembanad Kayal or Vembanad Kol) is the longest lake in India and the largest lake in the state of Kerala.

• With an area of 2033 square kilometres, it is the second largest Ramsar site in India only after the Sundarbans in West Bengal.

• Spanning several districts in Kerala, it is known as Vembanadu Lake in Kottayam, Punnamada Lake in Alappuzha and Kochi Lake in Kochi.

• Several groups of small islands including Vypin, Mulavukad, Vallarpadam, Willingdon Island are located in the Kochi Lake portion. Kochi Port is built around the Willingdon Island and the Vallarpadam island.

• The Nehru Trophy Boat Race is conducted in a portion of the lake.

• The Government of India has identified the Vembanad wetland under the National Wetlands Conservation Programme.

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Mains Paper 3: Environment

Prelims level: Vembanad Lake

Mains level: Environment Impact assessment

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