Statue Flag can destroy natural habitat of birds on the Island in Fort lake

Over 40 species of birds at Belagavi Fort lake; Yes it is true. The small island and the lake itself attracts about 40 species of birds all the year round. But now this natural habitat of the birds on the island in the middle of the lake is endangered with the plan of setting up a Buddha Statue and a huge National Flag on the island.

Bella Vista Belagavi

Indian Spot Billed Duck, Pond Heron, Little Egret, White Throated King Fisher, Red Wattled Lapwing, Black Winged Stilt, Grey Heron, Eagle’s, Bulbuls, Wagtails and many other species were sighted at the lake.

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Photos: Veerana Madliwar

The govt and the district administration has planned to spend over 2 crores to set up a statute and a very big national flag, and this beyond doubt will destroy the natural habitat of the birds.

The installation of Buddha statue and national flag is approved by a special committee under the 100 crore special fund. The State Government is yet to give its nod for the same and once the permission is sought work can commence. One more hurdle is the birds nesting here are not on records of the Govt as any mini sanctuary or something like that, hence getting permission for the same wont be too ambitious.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. public places neither shall have mandir or masjid
    nor any other religious statues
    infact all illegal mandir or masjid on road sides shall be demolished
    only national flag is welcome

  2. Please convert all open space in all the extension area to man made ponds or lakes. Plant the tress, At least make convert them to rain water harvesting gardens.
    Give these places to pvt companies saying they can convert these to garden and maintain that with very limited adertisements on their company in that garden.

    Other wise these will be converted to Commercial areas and get occupied by people.

  3. Important issue. Thanks to the editor for bringing it to light.
    I really don’t understand why religious status need to be installed in public place. Some day people will start fighting for this statue.
    Hope local people put some pressure on Corporation.
    Or NGO’s should intervene 2 save it.

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