Pong Lake

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About Pong Lake

  • Pong lake also known as Maharana Pratap Sagar lake, was created on river Beas by building an earth fill dam on river Beas in 1975.
  • Location: In the wetland zone of the Siwalik Hills of the Dehra Gopipur Division Kangra district of the state of Himachal Pradesh. 
  • Topography: The reservoir is bounded by the rugged Dhauladhar mountain range, the low foothills of the Himalaya on the northern edge of the Indo-Gangetic plains, and the mountain streams cutting through valleys.
  • Flora: Acacia, jamun, shisham, mango, mulberry, ficus, kachnar, amla , eucalyptus and prunus.
  • Fauna: Wild boars, nilgai, leopards and oriental small-clawed otters, barking deer, sambar.

Ecological importance

  • In 1983, the entire reservoir was declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary by the Himachal Pradesh government.
  • In 1994, the Government of India declared it a “Wetland of National Importance”.
  • Pong Dam Lake was declared as Ramsar Site in November 2002 on account of its rich waterfowl diversity for conservation and sustainable use of the wetland. This recognition was based on a proposal formulated by the Himachal State Council for Science, Technology and Environment, Shimla submitted to the Ramsar Bureau, Switzerland through the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Government of India.

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