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Kashmir’s Manasbal Lake

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    16th Sep, 2022


After a gap of 33 years, Manasbal Lake is once again open for training drills after raging militancy forced the Navy to abandon it.

  • The Training area was suspended during the inception of militancy in the 1990s.


  • Over 100 National Cadet Corps (NCC) cadets, both from J&K and outside, participated in exercises like sailing and boat pulling.
    • The NCC has been working in J&K since 1965 and would train cadets on the shores of Dal lake and Manasbal Lake. 
    • The security situation had forced us to shift the training module outside the Valley.
  • The exercises, which also saw participation of female cadets, may help students from various parts of J&K interact with each other.
  • Such exercises here will motivate locals to join the NCC in the future.

About Manasbal Lake

  • The Manasbal Lake, located in central Kashmir's Safapora area in Ganderbal district.
  • It’s a freshwater lake with picturesque hills and pristine waters. 
  • The Mughal Garden, called the Jaroka Bagh, (meaning bay window) built by Nur Jahan overlooks the lake.
  • Biodiversity: The lake is a good place for birdwatching.
    • Flora: macrophytes and phytoplankton.
    • Fauna: zooplankton, benthos and fish.
  • Issues: Eutrophication (nutrient-induced increase in phytoplankton productivity) and pollution.

Other lakes in Kashmir

  • Dal Lake, 
  • Wular Lake, 
  • Tarsar-Marsar Lakes

About NCC

  • The NCC was formed in 1948 on the recommendation of H. N. Kunzru Committee (1946).
  • It is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces as a Tri-Services Organisation, comprising the Army, the Navy and the Air Force.
    • NCC is the world’s largest uniformed youth volunteer service organization.
  • Headquarters are in New Delhi, India.
  • The NCC cadets undergo basic military training at various levels and as well as academic curriculum basics related to the Armed forces and their functioning.
    • It is open to school and college students on a voluntary basis.
  • The NCC falls under the purview of the Ministry of Defence and is headed by a Director-General of three-star military rank.
  • The objective of NCC is to develop the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens.
  • The emblem of the NCC consists of 3 colours; red, dark blue and light blue representing the Indian Army, Indian Navy and Indian Air Force respectively. 
    • The 17 lotuses indicate the 17 directories of India.

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