December 7, 2019
Area and diversity of East Kolkata Wetlands have increased
A recent report of the Geological Survey of India shows that the area and biodiversity of the East Kolkata Wetlands has improved in the last couple of years. The total area under East Kolkata Wetlands is 12,500 acres. As per the report, the number of canals and ponds has increased in this area, apart from the number of birds, snakes and other animals.
The wetlands supply this city with around 20,000 tonnes of fish every year. Out of 37 mouzas in the wetlands, new waterbodies have been created in Bosepukur, Shamukpota , Tarda-Kapasia, Fulberia adjacent to bypass, up to Ganga-Jojara under Sonarpur police station, in the last 10 years.
The East Kolkata Wetlands is divided into three parts. As per the report, the number of agricultural lands and wetlands have increased here. At least 10 types of amphibians have been found in these wetlands. Most of them are different species of frogs. Even nine types of lizards have been found there. Even some crocodiles and Indian flap shell turtles have been in the wetlands. Eleven different mammal species like mongoose, rats, foxes and 19 different types of snakes have also been mentioned in the list.
Courtesy: Sangbad Pratidin