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'No construction allowed in 300-metre zone of Sultanpur Bird sanctuary'

Gurugram: In order to preserve the biological ecosystem at Sultanpur bird sanctuary, a framework will be again revised by the South Haryana forest division.

Under this policy now, there will be no construction up to 300 metres of the bird sanctuary. There is also a provision of now having a high tension wire around 500 metres around the park.

It has also been decided that at a distance of one to three kilometres there will be no commercial establishments that will be situated at the park.

Set up in 1972 it is the only location in Haryana where a large number of foreign and domestic birds come and breed, the sanctuary was declared as a national park in 1991.

Real estate development and rapid urbanisations have resulted either converted into the area for commercial usage. Has also had an adverse impact.

Earlier as per the government guidelines, there were no constructions to be allowed in the range of five kilometres however now it has been reduced to 300 meters. What has made the matter worse is a large number of illegal colonies that have sprouted around the area.

Challenges however galore for the bird sanctuary as the water levels in the bird park is receding at a fast pace.

To increase the water levels there are now plans by the authorities to divert the water that goes to the Yamuna from the city towards Sultanpur. To gauge the amount of water flowing through the Yamuna, a survey by the Gurugram metropolitan development authority (GMDA) found that over six crore litres of sewage water flow daily from Gurugram to the river.

Even as there are plans to build a sewage water treatment plant at Daultabad there is no clear deadline that when will this plant be operational. The low levels of water are resulting in less number of birds coming to the park.

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