A River Biodiversity Park at Sangam at confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati no doubt will give discerning travellers to want stay longer and also visit the Taj Mahal
A River Biodiversity Park at Sangam at confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati no doubt will give discerning travellers to want stay longer and also visit the Taj Mahal

Turtle Sanctuary to be set up @ Allahabad

Being environment friendly is not a option any longer! It is the dire need of the human species to be able to live in an era that faces severe risks from climate change. Also, in today’s modern civilisation innovative and smart solutions will be required to meet the needs of the people and at the same time put least tree on the environment.
Interlinking of rivers in India is one such smart solution proposed that is being debated, argued and also being put to test of the legal system. The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu yesterday told the citizens of our great nation that  interlinking of rivers and protection of rivers is a sacred duty of everyone in the country.
Fortunately, then the Ministry of Water Resources, a key stakeholder in the Namami Range initiative is also mindful of the need of conserving the entire eco-system.  In order to protect the rich aquatic biodiversity of river Ganga from escalating anthropogenic pressures, development of a Turtle sanctuary in Allahabad along with a River Biodiversity Park at Sangam have been approved under Namami Gange programme. 

The project at an estimated cost of Rs 1.34 crore would include development of River Biodiversity Park at Sangam (confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati), establishment of a Turtle Rearing Centre (Permanent nursery at Triveni Pushp and makeshift annual hatcheries) and awareness about the importance of river Ganga and imperativeness of its conservation has been approved.This project will provide much needed platform to make the visitors aware of their place in the ecosystem, their roles and responsibilities, improve their understanding of the complexity of co-existence with the environment and help generate awareness for reducing the impact of human activities on critical natural resources. The task of dissipating knowledge about river Ganga will be taken up ardently in this project, which is 100% centrally funded.

The sustenance of more than 2000 aquatic species including threatened gharials, dolphins and turtles in river Ganga exemplifies the rich biodiversity of this lifeline to over 40 per cent of the country’s population. In fact,  Ganga and Yamuna at Allahabad are home to some of the most endangered fauna like turtles (Batagur kachuga, Batagur dhongoka, Nilssonia gangetica, Chitra indica, Hardella thurjii etc.), the National Aquatic Animal – Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and numerous migratory and resident birds.

It also gives direction to mis-informed people spreading rumours in the state of Uttar Pradesh, about Taj Mahal being dropped from the heritage list. Rita Bahuguna Joshi, Tourism Minister, UP has has been categorical that Taj Mahal is an integral part of the India’s heritage.

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