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UP to boost eco-tourism with bird sanctuary overhaul

 The UP tourism department has come up with a Rs 5 crore plan to boost eco-tourism in the state by overhauling Sur Sarovar bird sanctuary, which is home to over 100 species of local and migratory birds. The sanctuary, which is located 20-km from Agra, got the national status in 1991. The tourist department is planning to improve tourist facilities like resting sheds, parking area, children's corner and toilets. Strengthening the existing nature trail, constructing dikes for better water collection and renovating the fish aquarium in the park are among other measure to be taken.

 

The department is also planning facilities like golf carts and solar rickshaws for better transportation, and installation of CCTV cameras in the sanctuary for safety purposes. Regional tourist officer Dinesh Kumar said, "The project has been planned keeping in mind the eco-tourism potential of the bird sanctuary. Every year, thousands of migratory birds make Sur Sarovar their home in winter, giving an opportunity to bird watchers and tourists to learn about them.

 

The project has been approved will soon be initiated." The place is an ideal location for enjoying nature with an artificial lake, migratory birds and a fish aquarium, he added. Migratory birds like Greater Flamingos, Spoonbills, Great Pelicans, Siberian cranes, Sarus cranes, Brahminy ducks, Bar-headed geese, Gadwalls, Grey storks, Painted Storks, Grey Herons, Ducks, Teals, Waders and Shovellers among others that flock to the sanctuary in winter. It is also home to more than 12 species of mammals and 18 species of reptiles.

 

 Times of India, Delhi, Thursday 29th May 2014