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University of Life

A Center for Experiential, Lifelong Learning & Sustainable Living  


                                                 Universiry of Life - Struggle to Success story 

The almost 500-year old lake, which is located near the campus of Syamantak "University of Life" in Dhamapur village, is a man-made biodiversity-rich site and a tourist spot. Since centuries it is a source of drinking water for many villages around it. Trouble began for the lake in 2014 when the district administration initiated the construction of a skywalk consisitng 1600 concrete pillars in the lake, which was built in 1530, and is spread over an area of 43.80 hectares as per the latest report of the water resources department. Syamantak "UOL" Interns did a detail study of the lake and raised an objection to the construction activity. As per the Wetlands Conservation and Managments Rules and rulings of various courts, construction is not allowed with in 75 meters of a wetland. After fighting a battle with the administration of Sindhudurg for over a year, the young Inern of UOL pursuing law studies filed a environment litigation in National Green Tribunal (West Zone).

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