In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court has issued mandamus order to government authorities to conserve the Fewa lake even if it requires demolishing the already built illegal structures.
A division bench of justices Om Prakash Mishra and Sapana Pradhan Malla issued the passing verdict on all six separate writ petitions filed over the past seven years in connection with Fewa lake conservation.
The Bench ordered the implementartion of the report prepared by a study committee led by Bishwa Prakash Lamichhane recommending declaring the Fewa lake as a national heritage and setting up a Fewa Lake Development Authority for its proper protection. It also recommended forming another Kaski Lakes Development Authority for the preservation of other lakes in the area, constructing Siltation Basin and Check Dam to protect the Fewa lake, protecting the environment by setting up a diversion channel to purify the dirt from the Seti, Bulaudi and Firke rivers. The committee has also recommended constructing a tunnel from Gairachautara to Seti dam.