Harike wetland to be developed as eco-tourism spot: Minister - ECAS Punjab

Harike wetland to be developed as eco-tourism spot: Minister

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Ferozepur, December 15

Winter haven

  • Considered the largest wetland in North India, this Ramsar site is spread over 86 square km
  • It is a winter haven for migratory birds which arrive here from Siberia, Europe and other parts of Central Asia.

Harike will be developed as hub of eco-tourism to attract tourists and bird watchers from all parts of the globe, said Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Forest and Wildlife Minister, during his visit to the sanctuary on Tuesday.

The minister took stock of various developmental works which have been initiated at this "Ramsar site" with funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB). The minister said that various projects, including nature interpretation centre, cafeteria, walking ramp, several watch towers and bird hides, have been set up.

He said that the watch towers and bird hides have been created so that the tourists could watch these beautiful and rare species of birds without disturbing them. "After the Covid pandemic, Harike has been opened for tourists," said Dharamsot. "More than 55,000 birds of 55 species have arrived this year in Harike. The number is likely to swell by the end of the year," said the minister.

Arrivals may go up

More than 55,000 birds of 55 species have arrived this year in Harike. The number is likely to swell by the end of the year. — Sadhu Singh Dharamsot, Forest Minister

The Cabinet Minister was accompanied by Harminder Singh Gill, MLA (Patti), Chief Wildlife Warden RK Mishra, CCF (Wildlife) Basant Raj Kumar, Conservator of Forest (PPA) Manish Kumar and Nalin Yadav DFO (Wildlife) Ferozepur and others officials.



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