Leh administration asked to remove all structures around Pangong Lake

“Not only this, a scheme/policy is also important to be formulated by the state government, if not already formulated, for preservation and conservation of Pangong Lake,” the court said.

The High Court has directed the Leh district administration to remove all structures around the Pangong Lake. 

A bench of Justice Tashi Rabstan also directed the administration to take up the issue of shifting of the structures erected by army around the lake to any other area. 

The direction came after the court observed that the administration is required to take well planned, sustainable and scientific steps to prevent degradation or ultimate death of the lake.

“Not only this, a scheme/policy is also important to be formulated by the state government, if not already formulated, for preservation and conservation of Pangong Lake,” the court said. 

The court held the district administration should also endeavour to save, protect and preserve the flora and fauna in and around Lake. 

“Insofar as bore wells and hand pumps are concerned, the administration shall seal all bore wells and hand pumps which are operating illegally, unauthorisedly and without permission from the authority,” it added. 

Observing that the lakes are an important feature of earth’s landscape, the court said these water bodies are extremely valuable ecosystems and provide a range of goods and services to humankind.

 Pointing out that Pangong Lake is one of the biggest tourist attractions of the country, the court said: “Pangong requires preservation and conservation from being contaminated and polluted under the guise of developmental works, construction and erection of structures around the lake”. 

The court issued the directions after it was informed that several camps, restaurants and other structures have been set up illegally along bank of Pangong Lake without any permission, generating all type of effluents and contaminants which pose serious threat to the very existence of the lake besides threatening the ecologically fragile region as also the wildlife.