As water receded from residential areas close to the Vishwamitri banks here,residents reported sighting crocodiles which were sent back to the river by wildlife experts.
On Friday night,residents of Rabariwas in Vadsar locality made frantic calls to an NGO,Wildlife Rescue Trust,asking them to rush to the spot and prevent a 10-feet marsh crocodile from entering their locality. The crocodile was seen slithering into the area from the nearby riverbank.
Around 12.30 am,some volunteers rushed to the spot and caught the 10-feet,300 kg crocodile. It was taken back to the river.
In yet another instance,a huge crocodile was found moving towards an apartment near Rajmahal road in Makarpura. A crocodile was similarly found slithering up a bridge on Vishwamitri near Sayajigunj.
As water recedes,instances of crocodile sighting in residential areas increase,with at least three-four crocodiles sighting having been reported so far, said a volunteer of the Wildlife Rescue Trust. There are an estimated 200 crocodiles in the river,he added.
The Vadodara Municipal corporation has proposed a Crocodile Ecological and Refugee Centre on the banks of the river at an estimated cost of Rs 15 crore.