Ministry of Environment and Forests has identified 115 wetlands including lakes, in the country, covering 24 states and two Union Territories, for conservation and management under National Wetland Conservation Programme. Various conservation activities under Management Action Plan of Identified Wetlands include: data collection and survey and demarcation, catchment area treatment, desilting and dredging, bio-fencing, fisheries development, weed control, bio-diversity conservation, pollution abatement, and community participation. Research organisations are also assisted for Research & Development activities in priority areas of research to supplement Management Action Plans. This information was given by the Minister of State for Tourism, Shri Subodh Kant Sahai in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
The ministry of tourism, Government of India, extends financial assistance to the state governments/UT administrations for tourism related projects including the development of lakes from the tourism point of view which are identified in consultation with the states/UTs. Proposals which are complete in all respects as per guidelines are processed on inter-se priority basis and funds released subject to availability.