• On July 18, it was announced that all host families, cabins and athaphums (Loktak’s famous green rings, created by parts of phumdis, or floating islands, and are used for fishing) should be removed from Lake Loktak in Manipur so that it can be rejuvenated.

  • This has revived a decades-old struggle between the authorities and the fishermen and host family owners

  • The Loktak Development Authority (LDA), which made the announcement, has been at odds with local communities for more than a decade.

  • In November 2011, the LDA, aided by armed police officers, set fire to 777 huts in the floating village of Champu Khangpok, claiming that the fishermen there were illegal intruders, a claim the fishermen vehemently deny.

  • More than 90 percent of households are completely dependent on Loktak for their livelihood.

  • Loktak’s ecological health is declining for several reasons, many of which are unrelated to the people who live there.

  • Pollution, habitat loss, damming, over-exploitation, in addition to species invasion, are the main threats to Loktak Lake.