The Belagavi city corporation had made a plan and this was the dream project of MLA Feroz Saith to erect a very high flag post for the National Flag and also erect a stature of Buddha on the island in the fort lake.
Statue Flag can destroy natural habitat of birds on the Island in Fort lake, in November 2016 we had made this story which showcased how this could disturb the natural habitat of birds in the lake.
Good sense prevailed and as reported by TOI today the plan has now been changed and the flagpost will be installed in front of the amphitheatre outside the lake(near BUDA office side), while the Buddha’s statue will be erected on a floating platform in the 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.
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. This island in the lake is man made only but over the years it has become a breeding ground for many birds.
The installation of Buddha statue and national flag is approved by a special committee under the 100 crore special fund. The State Government has given its nod for the same and RFP have been called for.
If the said project was implemented all the trees on the island would have to be cut which would have destroyed the entire natural habitat of the birds.
We must all thank the learned officers at the city corporation who have taken this wonderful decision and saved the natural habitat.