Largest Oxbow Lake in India
- In 1984, Kanwar Lake (also known as Kabad Taal), created due to the Ganga's tributary Gandak meandering, covered 6,786 hectares, but by 2004 it had shrunk to 6,044 hectares.
- According to a study led by Dr Ashok Ghosh, Chairman of the Bihar State Pollution Control Board, the area dramatically decreased during the subsequent eight years, reaching 2,032 acres in 2012.
- Around Kanwar Lake (the region of light blue), encroachment for development and farming is fast rising.
- Due to the encroachment of canals, a lack of documentation, and the government's indifference to the lake, the lake has reduced to around one-fourth of its original size as of 1984.
Which is the largest oxbow lake in India?
Kanwar Lake is the biggest oxbow lake in India and Asia, and it is a freshwater lake located in the Begusarai district. The only Ramsar site in Bihar has a possibility of running out of water now.