Solar carts to help sight migratory birds at Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake

UT Adviser Parida flags off two battery-operated vehicles at the lake

Solar carts to help sight migratory birds at Chandigarh's Sukhna Lake

UT Adviser Manoj Parida flags off the solar carts at Sukhna Lake in Chandigarh on Friday. Tribune Photo: Pradeep tewari

Chandigarh, January 22

The Department of Forest and Wildlife, UT, today launched two solar carts to facilitate people of the City Beautiful in sighting migratory birds at Sukhna Lake.

UT Adviser Manoj Parida, in the presence of Arun Kumar Gupta, Home Secretary-cum-Principal Secretary (Forests), other senior officials of the UT Administration and the general public, flagged off the carts for providing free service to people, especially senior citizens, pregnant women and physically challenged persons.

Free service: The service will be available free of cost. The carts will be available near the police post at the main entry to the lake.

Debendra Dalai, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT, informed that every year hundreds of migratory birds, including common pochard, red-crested pochard, geese, shell ducks, marsh ducks, and Siberian ducks, travel thousands of miles to reach Sukhna Lake to escape the harsh cold of their habitats. These migratory birds start arriving from early November and their stay lasts till March or April, depending on the climatic conditions. — TNS

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