Berhampur, January 4 (Localwire): A record number of migratory birds have visited Chilika, the largest brackish lake in India, during this winter.
According to Chilika Development Authority (CDA) CEO Sushant Nanda, the population of birds visiting the area reached the record number in the decade due to the initiatives taken towards removing the illegal prawn gheries and encroachment by the forest department.
“Due to the removal of encroachment from the Nalabana and Krushnaprasad area, the migratory birds from Arctic and sub-Arctic regions now have access to wider space in the bird sanctuary,” Nanda stated.
According to the forest department report, over ten lakh migratory birds had visited the lake last year.
The department will soon come out with the exact number of visiting birds during the current season, sources said.
Forest department and CDA authority keep strict vigil in the area to ensure the safety of the birds and have set up 19 temporary camps, and two mobile camps inside the sanctuary as part of the bird protection group.