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Nod to Rs 12.7 cr plan for Harike wetland

In welcome news for nature lovers and area residents, the state forest and wildlife preservation department has given “in-principal approval” to a project for mega development of eco-tourism in hitherto neglected Harike Wildlife Sanctuary, Ferozepur, at a cost of R12.74 crore. The project will be funded through the Asian Development Bank and will be the maiden plan for the sanctuary’s development since its inception.

The Harike Wildlife Sanctuary (HWS), 65 km from Ferozepur on Ferozepur-Amritsar road, is the most important sanctuary in the state. Located in the western corner of the state, it covers three districts of Amritsar, Ferozepur and Kapurthala. The wetland ecosystem of Harike lies on the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej and the main water body (reservoir) came into existence when a barrage was constructed across the confluence of the two rivers in 1952. 

Full report here Hindustan Times


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