Sunday, April 1, 2012

Six islands in Karanaji Lake to be restored soon

If everything goes as planned Karnaji Lake will become even more attractive. In a bid to attract more number of tourists and provide shelter for birds, six islands at Karanji Lake Nature Park will be restored shortly by Zoo authorities. Already one island has be restored at a cost of Rs 5 lakh and another six islands will be restored at the cost of Rs 30 lakh.

Karnataka Zoo Authority Chairman, M Nanjudaswamy said that the there are altogether 11 islands in the Zoo and all them will be developed as tourists spots shortly. 'At present these islands are in neglect and due to water logging, the lands were submerged there is no space for birds to breed,' he said.

'More birds are flying to Karanajai Lake for breeding, some even from far off countries. By restoring these islands birds can breed comfortably in the coming season. We are planning to prevent erosion of soil by building a wall all around the islands using boulders and stone slabs. Measures have even taken to protect tress and plants in the islands,' he added.

He said on the lines of Patna Zoo ponds there are plans to develop ponds in the lake using varieties of ornamental flowers. Separate birds enclosures are being constructed to house rare bird species and the enclosures will be covered with glass and decorated with lights.

In order to make the place attractive for small children play-things are erected at the cost of Rs 10 lakh inside the park. Underground Drainage works will be undertaken at the cost of Rs 3.3 crore for which the Mysore City Corporation will invite tenders shortly.

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