Bhubaneswar, August 29 (LocalWire): Wildlife activists expressed concern over the damage caused to the roosting sites of bats, accorded protection under law, in the wake of the demolition of the historic Emar mutt in Puri today.
‘About 1,000 bats will be deprived of their roosting site in Emar Mutt building near Lord Jagannath temple.
As the old structure is being demolished huge number of bats can be seen helplessly flying out,’ said secretary, Wildlife Society of Orissa, Biswajit Mohanty, in a letter to the principal chief conservator of forests (Wildlife).
‘Two species of bats (Otomops wroughtoni and Latidens salimalii) are accorded protection under Part I to Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.
We need to identify the breed which could be one of these two and hence deserve protection under the law, he iterated.
Destruction of roosting or nesting site of any protected species is an offence under the WPA, 1972.
Thus district administration should halt demolition until the site is surveyed and steps adopted to provide a safe nesting site for the endangered bats, the letter read.