Nature & Wildlife

End of the road for Flamingo city in Kachchh?

AHMEDABAD

Flamingo City in Kachchh — the only breeding site for flamingos in Asia and home to over 1.5 lakh birds through the year—is in danger. As per the document ‘Important Bird Areas (IBA) in Danger’ released by Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), Flamingo City tops the list of ten bird colonies across India which are under threat.

While multiple factors have contributed, alarm bells rang out over the 262 km-long road that was given the go-ahead in the first meeting of the National Board for Wildlife (NBW) chaired by PM Narendra Modi. Experts warn that vehicular traffic on the road, which will cut through the sanctuary, will cause disturbance in the breeding colony, reports Times of India.

Dr Raju Kasambe, project manager, IBA says the road will sound the death knell of the breeding site. “The government has proposed that the road is crucial to facilitating the movement of the Border Security Force in this region that falls on the Indo-Pakistan border. However, the BSF uses an existing road. The Gujarat government is using BSF as a cover to promote and expand tourism in the region.”

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