Agartala: The situation around Rudra Sagar lake is gradually becoming tense following a dispute over the low water level of the lake that deprives the local people of cultivating land within the vicinity of the lake. District Magistrate CK Jamatia and other senior officials visited the area to take stock of the situation.
Residents around the lake are demanding the immediate release of water to facilitate them to cultivate on the banks of the lake and threatened to forcibly open the sluice gate. They also threatened to stop all business activities around the lake which has become a major concern as the tourist season is approaching and tourists have already started to arrive.
Being a Ramsar Convention Site, the water level in the Rudra Sagar is supposed to be at 11 feet, but for many years, the authority never cared for it and the water level generally remained at four feet. Due to this low level of water, a large part of the bank of the lake where the locals used to cultivate paddy every year remains dry.
The Rudra Sagar Lake was losing its attraction due to its low level of water and the lake at a certain time of the year used to look like a pond. Some time back, the High Court of Tripura disposing of public interest litigation ordered the government to maintain the water level in the lake at 11 feet as per the Ramsar Convention.