Not enough wa­ter pots for birds at Kar­nala

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­[email protected]­dus­tan­times.com

PAN­VEL: Lo­cated along the Mumbai-Goa high­way, Kar­nala Bird Sanc­tu­ary is home to rare species of birds. With tem­per­a­ture soar­ing by the day, three ponds in the sanc­tu­ary have dried up, forc­ing birds to search for wa­ter in the park over the past few days.

Aba Ran­ware, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist, said, “Ow­ing to the rise in tem­per­a­ture, three ponds have dried up. The au­thor­i­ties have made ar­range­ments to at­tach a pipe­line to the borewell in the bird sanc­tu­ary, but the wa­ter is only sup­plied to those who stay in the guest house there. The au­thor­i­ties need to look into the is­sue and place more wa­ter pots for the birds.”

SK Pawar, the for­est of­fi­cer, said, “We have taken mea­sures to en­sure the birds are not thirsty. In a bid to pro­vide wa­ter to the an­i­mals and birds in the sanc­tu­ary, wa­ter pots have been put in place at 27 lo­ca­tions in the park. Seven work­ers have been de­ployed to fill th­ese wa­ter pots thrice a week.”

The bird sanc­tu­ary ad­min­is­tra­tion has placed 27 wa­ter pots at sev­eral places, in­clud­ing Natar Track, Harer Track, Tadoba, Mor Taka, Kachar Tala, Gher­wadi, Ko­ral, for the birds, but en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists feel th­ese wa­ter pots are not suf­fi­cient to re­dress the is­sue.

They have em­pha­sised that so­cial or­gan­i­sa­tions need to step in and help make ad­e­quate ar­range­ments to help the birds.

PHO­TOS: BACHCHAN KU­MAR

A pond at Kar­nala Bird Sanc­tu­ary that has dried up ow­ing to rise in tem­per­a­tures. (Inset) A wa­ter pot placed at the bird sanc­tu­ary.

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