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Heavy lighting around Fateh Sagar lake affecting flora-fauna adversely

Udaipur : Environmentalist and member of a committee constituted by High Court,Jodhpur,on lakes in Udaipur has suggested the district administration to redesign the lighting system around the FatehSagar lake. In a letter to the divisional commissioner and other officials, GyanPrakash Soni has cited the ill effects of excessive number of lights installed in the process of beautification of the lake.

“Authentic studies reveal that light pollution around lakes prevents zooplankton, such as Daphnia, from eating surface algae causing algal blooms. Bright outdoor lights disrupt the migrating, eating and mating of nocturnal animals. Unwanted light trespassing into surrounding natural areas not only disturbs but can also attract nearby wildlife.

Trees are induced to shed their leaves out of cycle, disrupting the basis of the food chain. ” Soni claimed in a letter sent to the authorities. He further said that birds having shelter on nearby trees feel navigational problem and their sleep quality is disturbed due to artificial lighting.

Light pollution destroys nitrate radicals thus preventing the normal night time reduction pf atmospheric smog produced by fumes emitted from cars and factories. Experts opine the sky glow impact of LED lights is between 4 – 8 whereas it is between 1 to 2.4 for Sodium lamps.  The suggestion to improve the situation has been given as lowering the pole height, changing the angle of light fixtures, providing shielding, etc.

Tree rows being damaged along lake wall

Soni also said that the well-developed row of green trees along Fateh Sagar Paal have been damaged heavily during past three four years.  Branches of trees are being cut partially by axing in such a way that they will fall after a few days. Then, the fallen branches will be lifted as if they have fallen naturally.

The dismal situation of tree cutting or drying or heavy pruning along Fateh Sagar Paal would prove a threat to environment and to overall safety of the earthen Paal because the drying roots of such trees will certainly create hollowness in the embankment. This type of activity is also snatching the shelter for many birds.

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