Union minister of ports, shipping and waterways – Sarbananda Sonowal inspected the Inland Waterways of India (IWAI) Jetty at the iconic Loktak Lake in Manipur on Saturday. 

Sarbananda Sonowal also took a boat tour of the Loktak Lake in Manipur. 

Speaking on the occasion, the union minister spoke highly of the beauty of Loktak Lake and the immense potential it holds in terms of tourism.  

“Loktak is one of the largest water bodies in Asia and its beauty, greenery, marine life, surrounded by blue mountains stand out,” Sonowal said. 

He added: “We have to promote and develop this lake and make it one of the most important tourist destinations of the globe.” 

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Sarbananda Sonowal further said: “We will extend full support to government of Manipur in the sector of inland waterway development and Ayush.  

Speaking about the proposed development of the Loktak lake in Manipur, Sarbananda Sonowal said: “I assure you that whatever support will be required for promotion and development of Loktak, government of India will give 100 per cent support.”  


“Any plans for development, please forward them to us, we will support them. Loktak is not only the beauty of Manipur, but of Northeast and India. Let’s consider Loktak as the soul of Manipur,” said Sonowal. 

“We will jointly take steps to make it one of the most beautiful lakes in the world,” he further said. 

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