Resuscitation of Doling Lake


In 2008, Government of Sikkim under chief ministership of Pawan Kumar Chamling has been successful in reviving the once seasonal Doling Lake of Rabongla into a perennial kind by diverting the water of the nearby stream into the lake. The project was completed with joint efforts of Block Administrative Centre (BAC) and National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
Doling Lake flows in the shadow of Doling monastery garnering the attention of many. Welcoming with an array of colourful flags, Doling Gompa is situated on a small hillock, serene and green Barfung village is just 4 kilometres away from Ravangla. The monastery was founded by Lama Rigdzin Longyang in 1718 AD. It is one of the most popular tourist spot in Sikkim.
In the rural India, still the principle source of water are lakes and streams but with the climatic changes, the springs and lakes have pronounced a decrease in their discharge over the years which stood as a major problem. In mountain ecosystem, especially lakes are essential for sustainability. This move by the government was taken for the tourism development in the state of Sikkim and primarily for water availability in the region.

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