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| Last Updated:: 01/10/2015

Gosabara wetland to get bird sanctuary status




AHMEDABAD: Karli-Gosabara reservoir near Porbandar, which is home to around two lakh birds, is all set to get the status of sanctuary. The state forest department has launched a survey in the area and is expected to send its proposal to the state government for approval in the next few weeks.

Once approved, the wetland will become the 24th sanctuary in Gujarat. Besides 23 sanctuaries, the state has four national parks, one conservation reserve and one biosphere reserve. Forest officials said that the sanctuary will be spread over an area of 116 sq km and the department will not be required to acquire land as over 90 per cent of the land belongs to the government. 


Officials said that as part of the survey, they are meeting several other officials, non-government organizations and farmers to seek their opinion. They said that declaring the wetland a sanctuary will also ensure that some area in the periphery of the lake is reserved as eco-sensitive zone, restricting any mining and fishing activity there. 

Earlier in August, Gujarat high court had directed the department to decide on whether it wanted to declare the wetland a bird sanctuary and a protected area. In response to a PIL, the court had asked petitioner Biren Padhya to make a representation to authorities in the forest department, who would take a decision in this regard. Deputy conservator of forest Sandeep Kumar, who is surveying the area, said the people there want the department to declare the wetland a sanctuary.

Senior forest officials said that the wetland is formed by Karli recharge reservoir and Karli tidal regulator, and comes under the jurisdiction of the irrigation department. They said that the census had estimated presence of around two lakh birds of 117 species in the wetland, which is also a nesting ground of waterfowls like demoiselle crane and others. Roosts of greater and lesser flamingos, demoiselle cranes, common cranes, bar-headed geese and grey-legged geese are found at Gosabara.