Assam NGO plea to stop resort development work in bird habitat

The area is home to globally threatened bird species such as the Swamp Francolin, Common Pochard, Marsh Babbler and Yellow-breasted Bunting among others.
Assam NGO plea to stop resort development work in bird habitat

GUWAHATI:

Aaranyak, a scientific research organisation working for nature conservation in the Northeast, has urged the Jorhat district administration to take measures to stop the ongoing resort development activities in the Nimati-Kokilamukh area of the Upper Assam district.

The Nimati-Kokilamukh area falls within the Janjimukh-Kokilamukh Important Bird Area (IBA), recognised by Birdlife International and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) as part of a worldwide assessment and home to 26 globally threatened species of birds.

The area is home to globally threatened bird species such as the Swamp Francolin, Common Pochard, Marsh Babbler and Yellow-breasted Bunting among others.

It provides breeding and wintering ground to over 200 species of birds.

Wildlife biologist and executive committee member of Aaranyak, Udayan Borthakur, who is a resident of the district, appealed to the Jorhat Deputy Commissioner, through a letter, for an immediate review of the situation and to stop such activities from further damaging the habitat and causing serious disturbance to rare and threatened species of birds.

“It is a major concern that these resorts are permitted to be developed in such a crucial bird habitat and also being allowed to operate day and night, with loud music and assemblage of the crowd at an unsustainable scale,” a statement issued here by Aaranyak on December 28 said.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)

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