This is the first instance in Odisha, where villagers have joined hands to keep their villages pollution-free in order to conserve and protect birds and the Hirakud landscape. "With Govindpur village, two other adjoining villages named Tamdei and Ramkhol have also joined hands with them, all three villages promised and pledged in a recently held meeting that they will protect and conserve the migratory birds coming to Hirakud reservoir every year," informed Anshu Pragyan Das, Divisional Forest Officer, Hirakud Wildlife Division.
"More than 2 lakh foreign birds migrate from different parts of the world to Hirakud every year during October and halt here for six months ( More than 100 variety of birds)," she said.
As per Das, many tourists from Chhattisgarh (Raigarh, Raipur etc), Jharkhand and nearby districts like Jharsuguda, Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur and all locals of Bargarh districts visit these three villages for a picnic, boating and birding. Many photographers too come here for photography of temples submerged at Hirakud, wildlife of Debrigarh who come down to water morning and evening, the beauty of vast Hirakud Lake and forested hills inside water.
"All houses in these villages will have wall paintings of the colourful birds like Redcrested Pochard, Moorhen, Skimmer etc and they will as guide take tourists for boating and explain to them interesting features of these birds, from which country they have come, why they have come," Das added
"To keep the landscape clean, villagers have taken the responsibility, Hirakud Division will provide all required help including installation of enough dustbins for this purpose."
The declaration of Hirakud Lake as a Ramsar Site in 2022 will invite many travellers, tourists, photographers, and trekkers to this area in the coming years.
(With inputs from ANI)