KAPILVASTU, FEB 24 - Lakes carrying historical and archaeological significance in the district have been shrinking due to utter negligence of the authorities concerned.
The Jagdishpur lake at Niglihawa-1 and 4, located 11 kilometres east from the district headquarters, is supposedly the largest man-made lake in the country. The lake, which also is a habitat to a variety of aquatic birds, has been shrinking every year due to the lack of proper sanitation and conservation efforts.
According to Ram Krishna Ghorasaini, engineer at the Western Regional Irrigation Development Division, water in the lake has decreased to three million qubic metres though it was built with a capacity to hold 4.7 million qubic metres.
The lake is constructed to collect water brought from a barrage at Laxmanghat, where the Bandaganga and Koili rivers converge, for irrigation.