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Encroachment posing threat to rare bird species

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 16 � Asking the State Government to take steps for preserving the water body adjacent to the Ulubari market, residents of Ulubari and Lachit Nagar have warned of a strong agitation, if the issue is not taken up immediately by the authorities concerned.

The wetland, used as a roosting and breeding place by a good number of greater adjutant stork was earlier under the occupation of one commercial trading company, which has now been encroached upon. This is posing a threat to the rare bird species, according to the residents.

�Other than being a habitat of the greater adjutant stork, the wetland works as a source of water for the people of the area, by storing rainwater. Thus, the encroachment is leading to the problem of artificial flood in the area,� said the local residents, through a statement.

The conscious citizens of the area along with an NGO Early Birds have given several representations to the district authority, the GDD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and the then Governor SC Mathur, but suitable step is still awaited.

�The greater adjutant stork has already disappeared from Northern India, Nepal, Chittagong hill track of Bangladesh, Myanmar and many other countries. Fortunately a few breeding pairs and a small population have survived in Brahmaputra valley that should be protected through all possible means,� mentioned the memorandum written to the Governor.

Requesting the Governor to ask the district administration to evict the encroacher, it appealed to declare the wetland as reserve wetland under the relevant Act and enforce the Guwahati city water bodies bill as soon as possible. The NGO also proposed that the area can be maintained as the ASTC conservation park, with the help of the civil administration and NGOs.

The local people also staged a sit-in demonstration for the protection of the water body in December last year, after which, the DC (Metro) visited the area.

�The local people are determined to save the wetland and if government does not take immediate steps to preserve and protect it, we would launch a stronger movement,� the statement mentioned.

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Encroachment posing threat to rare bird species

GUWAHATI, March 16 � Asking the State Government to take steps for preserving the water body adjacent to the Ulubari market, residents of Ulubari and Lachit Nagar have warned of a strong agitation, if the issue is not taken up immediately by the authorities concerned.

The wetland, used as a roosting and breeding place by a good number of greater adjutant stork was earlier under the occupation of one commercial trading company, which has now been encroached upon. This is posing a threat to the rare bird species, according to the residents.

�Other than being a habitat of the greater adjutant stork, the wetland works as a source of water for the people of the area, by storing rainwater. Thus, the encroachment is leading to the problem of artificial flood in the area,� said the local residents, through a statement.

The conscious citizens of the area along with an NGO Early Birds have given several representations to the district authority, the GDD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and the then Governor SC Mathur, but suitable step is still awaited.

�The greater adjutant stork has already disappeared from Northern India, Nepal, Chittagong hill track of Bangladesh, Myanmar and many other countries. Fortunately a few breeding pairs and a small population have survived in Brahmaputra valley that should be protected through all possible means,� mentioned the memorandum written to the Governor.

Requesting the Governor to ask the district administration to evict the encroacher, it appealed to declare the wetland as reserve wetland under the relevant Act and enforce the Guwahati city water bodies bill as soon as possible. The NGO also proposed that the area can be maintained as the ASTC conservation park, with the help of the civil administration and NGOs.

The local people also staged a sit-in demonstration for the protection of the water body in December last year, after which, the DC (Metro) visited the area.

�The local people are determined to save the wetland and if government does not take immediate steps to preserve and protect it, we would launch a stronger movement,� the statement mentioned.