Low budget proves costly for city’s Parrot Park

The parrot sanctuary which has been a natural habitat for the birds for so many years is witnessing a fall in their population each year and has raised concerns among the environmentalists and the forest department.

Written by NEETIKA WALTER | Chandigarh | Published: March 4, 2012 3:40 am

The Parrot Sanctuary,popularly known as the Parrot Park,is in a pitiable state. The park lacks maintenance,especially after suffering damage due to heavy showers accompanied by high velocity winds last year. Though trees uprooted in the storm were picked up,the damaged fence is yet to be repaired.

The parrot sanctuary which has been a natural habitat for the birds for so many years is witnessing a fall in their population each year and has raised concerns among the environmentalists and the forest department. Not only was the storm was responsible for the damage to the natural habitat of the parrots but according to the environmentalists and the wildlife experts noise is another reason depleting population of the birds. Birds are intolerable to noise and choose to nest in quiet places.

Mahinder Kaur,resident of Sector 21 said,“I am living in this sector for more than 50 years now. Earlier,we had lot of parrots in the park but now their number is very less. Nowadays I observe that the parrots are usually seen in the evenings and during the day they are difficult to spot in the park.”

Saurabh Kumar,deputy conservator of forest and the field head for the sanctuary said,“We have planned for habitat improvement congenial to the parrots like planting fruit bearing trees and other measures to safeguard parrots in particular and wildlife in general. In this year’s plan we have ensured that the sanctuary is repaired which was damaged due to the strong winds last year. We could not do it last year due to low budget.”

In the monsoon season this year,the forest department is planning to plant trees like Mango,Neem,Guava and other flower trees good for bird habitat. Also replacement of damaged fences and other such immediate requirements of the park will be met. “If possible,we will also plan plantation drives involving residents of the sector,” he said.

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