NGO urges DC for steps to halt resort construction in bird habitat



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

The 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 as many as 26 globally threatened species of birds.

The globally-threatened bird species include the Swamp Francolin, Common Pochard, Marsh Babbler and the Yellow-breasted Bunting among others.

The area provides breeding and wintering ground to more than 200 species of birds.

Wildlife biologist and executive committee member of Aaranyak, Udayan Borthakur, who is a resident of the district, has written a letter to the Jorhat deputy requesting review of the situation and to stop such activities from causing further harm to the habitat and its 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 crowd at an unsustainable scale,” a statement issued here by Aaranyak on Monday said.

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