Mar 12, 2015
Bhopal: It is not without a reason that Bhopal is called the city of lakes. Numerous lakes, small and big, dot the city but the ones that have attained global recognition are known as the Bhoj wetland. Designated as a Ramsar site, the Bhoj Wetland consists of the Upper Lake and the Lower Lake. Bhopal city has grown around the Upper Lake, which is over a thousand years old and the residents of the city have made the lakes a mainstay of their activities.
Gulshan Bamra, Commissioner-cum-Director, Town & Country Planning, Madhya Pradesh, says: “People of Bhopal love their lakes and are ready to put even their lives at stake for their conservation.” Even those residents who do not derive direct economic benefits from the lake also keen to preserve it for the sake of strong cultural, historical and architectural interests.
Bamra adds that the entire catchment area of the Bhoj Wetland has been declared a no-colonisation zone and the usage of land in the catchment area is limited to agricultural activities. “Construction is a strictly regulated activity in this area of 400 sq km which is spread in Bhopal and the neighbouring Sehore district, and also includes a hundred odd villages in its stretch,” he said.