Bengal wants its winged visitors back
Jan 03 2013 , Kolkata
Kolkata-based firm takes up initiative to revive hotspot for migratory birds
Magma Fincorp, Kolkata based asset finance firm along with Nature Mates-Nature Club have taken this initiative of bringing back Siberian migratory birds to Bengal lake in the winter.
Purbasthali is a quaint block with a number of villages adjoining the only oxbow lake of the state sprawling over 3.50 sq km. Every winter it became haven for thousands of migratory birds of different species.
At least this was the scene a few years back. The fact that Purbasthali is not a protected area, it handicaps the forest department from taking charge of the maintenance of this beautiful wetland. Since 2000, due to lack of rainfall, there was no overflowing water pressure, which can naturally eradicate a significant amount of water hyacinth from the lake to the river. Once lively lake lost its dynamics and turned into a clogged water body.
The birds lost their yearly sanctuary, and Purbasthali lost its charm.
“Natural management is the most efficient in reducing a significant amount of varied aquatic vegetation from this lake. Due to less rain for the last three four years and absence of heavy flood since 2000, there was almost no overflowing water pressure which can naturally eradicate a significant amount of water hyacinth from the lake to the river,” said Arjan Basu Ray of Nature Mates-Nature Club.
The idea is simple, yet a lot of understanding of nature and environmental factors were taken account of. With the help of six hundred man days within 15 days including the help of three country boats and other logistic, a significant amount of water hyacinth were removed. This operation facilitated the mobility of the water body, created a significant opening for the birds and their shelter. It proved beneficial to the local fisherman and the eco-tourism operators too, he said.