Kendrapara, October 5 (LocalWire): Bichitrananda Biswal of the seaside village Gundalba has only one mission in his life — to save the Olive Ridley sea turtles that come each year for laying eggs at Devi beach near his village.
He first started turtle conservation work in 1998 at Devi beach.
Later he along with his team members launched conservation works of the marine species at Gahiramatha beach in Kendrapara district known as the world’s largest rookery of the sea turtles and another nesting site at Rushukulya beach.
The state government on 4 October 2019 conferred on Bichitrananda Biswal the prestigious Biju Patnaik Award for Wildlife Conservation on the occasion of the Wildlife Week celebration in a function in Bhubaneswar.
The award including a cash prize of Rs two lakh, a citation, and a shawl was presented by the Forest and Environment minister Bikram Keshari Arukha.
“Biswal has been relentlessly working for the conservation of the sea turtles since long and we are delighted that he got the prestigious award,” noted turtle researcher and Zoological Survey of India, Kolkata deputy director Dr Basudev Tripathy said.