Chandigarh, 22nd January, 2021: The Department of Forest & Wildlife, Chandigarh Administration has launched 02 nos. of Solarised Carts for facilitating the people of the City Beautiful for a sighting of migratory birds at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh, today. On this occasion, Shri Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh in presence of Sh. Arun Kumar Gupta, IAS, Home Secretary-cum-Principal Secretary (Forests), and other senior officers of the Administration and general public flagged off the Solarised Carts for providing free service to the people i.e. senior citizens, pregnant ladies, physically challenged persons, etc at Sukhna Lake, Chandigarh.
Shri Manoj Parida, IAS, appreciated the unique initiative taken by the Department of Forest & Wildlife for running these Solarised Carts with solar energy battery-operated system which will help in providing pollution-free service to the green citizens of Chandigarh. He further presented the cotton bags to the public in order to make the general public aware of the adverse effects of plastic carry bags and to promote awareness, cloth bags as a token were distributed to the general public by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee which will help in promoting a ban on single-use plastic and use of more and more cotton & cloth bags in Chandigarh.
On this occasion, Sh. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forests, UT Chandigarh informed that every year hundreds of Migratory Birds like Brahmi Ducks, Common Pochards, Red-Crusted Pochards, Geese, Shell Ducks, Marsh Ducks, Diving Ducks, Coots, Stilts, Hill Kingfisher, Mallard, Pintail, Cormorants, Siberian Ducks, Cranes, Storks, Sandpipers, etc. travel thousands of miles to reach Sukhna Lake, to escape the harsh cold of their habitats. These migratory birds start arriving in the Sukhna Lake from early November and their stay lasts till March or April, depending on the climatic conditions.
He further stated that this service initiated by the Administration will definitely encourage the persons with old-age, disability, pregnant women to appreciate the beauty of nature. Among the prominent members who attended the event was Sh. Debendra Dalai, IFS, Chief Conservator of Forest, UT Chandigarh, Sh.Mandip Singh Brar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner, UT Chandigarh, Dr.Abdul Qayum, IFS, Deputy Conservator of Forests, UT Chandigarh and Sh.Rajiv Tiwari, Director Public Relations, UT Chandigarh.