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Goa's Carambolim lake to have bird watching site

Times of India, Delhi, 31st July 2014

 

Goa's Carambolim lake will have a bird watching site near the second watch tower, environment minister Alina Saldanha told the Goa legislative assembly on Wednesday. The development of a bird watching site is just one of the various proposals being undertaken at the scenic lake, about 14 kilometres east of Panaji. Already the government has spent around Rs 9 lakh for various works undertaken for the development of the lake since 2011. While Rs 2.17 lakh was spent for protection work and rehabilitation of wildlife there in 2011-12, Rs 2.41 lakh was spent for eradication of Salvinia weeds from the lake in 2013-14.

 

Till date, around Rs 2 lakh has been spent on vegetation, installation of signage and protection work at the lake. Ongoing works include construction of three earthen mounds and vegetation of these mounds by planting of grass and fruit bearing trees to improve bird habitat. There is also a proposal to plant tall "Badam" seedlings on the embankment along with the Karmali railway station. A proposal for construction of an interpretation centre on equitable cost sharing basis with Konkan Railway Corporation limited has been submitted for government approval, Saldanha said.