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 on the island.
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.
The govt and the district administration has planned to spend crores to set up a statute and this beyond doubt will destroy the natural habitat of the birds.
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.
Photos: Veerana Madliwar
The corporation can develop this spot as a micro bird sanctuary, which would increase tourist interest in the place, besides preserving the biodiversity.
Bird watchers and environmentalists are of a different opinion. Installing a statue will destroy the biodiversity of the island.
Even once a firecracker show was conducted on the island and then all the birds drove away. But now the birds have come back and has many nests as well, hence destroying a habitat which is a boon for the birds for a statue must be avoided.