Saving a bird sanctuary inside the concrete jungle of Kolkata

A firethroat. The 192 acres of artificial lakes and greenery comprising around 7,000 trees in south Kolkata’s Rabindra Sarobar is a birders’ paradise.

Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya:  Governments built a few concrete structures and roads in the 1980s and 1990s. But things changed radically after the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011. Part of beautification plans for Kolkata,

  • Roads were widened and bright lights put up.
  • Shores of the lakes were covered with concrete and shrubs, bushes and dead trees removed.
  • Lakes now get a record footfall of walkers and casual visitors, but experts warned that wildlife will be gone for good.

Guarded by high walls and located inside Rabindra Sarobar, the Safari Park managed by the Lions Club has offered relief to the birders. “After their request we stopped cleaning a small portion of the park to let shrubs grow. We are planting a thousand coconut trees as well,” said Pravin K Chharia, secretary of the Safari Park trust.


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