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After 25 years, Migratory Birds started arriving in Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary

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Chandigarh, March 24, 2022: In order to realize the vision of ‘Mera Pani Meri Virasat’ as envisioned by the Chief Minister, Manohar Lal under the concept of community participation of the Haryana Government with the mutual coordination of Public and the Forest Department, the chirping of migratory birds can be witnessed after 25 years in Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary based at Sarsa village of Haryana.

While giving this information here today, a spokesperson of the Forest Department said that these migratory birds mainly include Painted Stork, Red-Naped Ibis, Little Cormorant, Great Heron, Little and Cattle Egrets, Comb Duck and Little Grebe which have started arriving in Haryana.

He informed that in view of the success of Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary, the Chief Minister, Manohar Lal has said that all this has been possible with the mutual cooperation of the people of Sarasa village and the Forest Department, who have created suitable food and water sources and environment for the migratory birds. He said that the arrival of these rare birds after 25 years implies that the ecosystem of the state is improving.

Responding to the success of Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary, Forest Minister, Kanwar Pal said that it is the commendable work of the Forest Department, which has created shelter for wildlife while simultaneously addressing the problems of the villagers. He said that in the coming time, more wildlife shelters will be set up with the joint participation of the citizens and the Department.

Additional Chief Secretary, Forest Department, A.K. Singh said that all the officers, officials of the Forest Department and citizens deserve appreciation and congratulations for making constructive efforts for Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary. He said that Chhilchhila Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in village Sarsa, district Kurukshetra and at a distance of 4 km from Sayeda on Pehowa -Kurukshetra road and its total area is 28.92 hectares. On the request of Gram Panchayat, Sarsa, after they passed a resolution on February 28, 1986 to declare this area as a wildlife sanctuary, the Government issued a notification on November 28, 1986 and declared this area as a wildlife sanctuary.

Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Jagdish Chandra said that society will have to learn once again how to live with wildlife. The restoration of this complex has created a shelter for wildlife animals. He said that the Department has worked to arrange a suitable environment for birds by coordinating with the local people to realize the dream of community participation of Chief Minister, Manohar Lal.

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