‘Eatery for vultures’ takes flight on again of Rs 7 lakh grant

‘Eatery for vultures’ takes flight on again of Rs 7 lakh grant



Tribune Information Service

Ravi Dhaliwal

Pathankot, September 23

Perched within the sub-mountainous space of Dhar, 30 km from the noisy crowd of Pathankot, within the serenity of hamlet Chandola is positioned a special sort of eatery. Guests should not allowed right here. Solely vultures are welcome.

Wildlife authorities have aptly named the place “vultures’ restaurant”.

In 2010, when the fowl was on the verge of extinction, an identical train was initiated. Nevertheless, the drying up of funds from the Ministry of Setting meant the enterprise couldn’t be sustained.

400 ‘visitors’ daily

  • DFO Rajesh Mahajan approached DC Sanyam Aggarwal for a grant to ascertain a “vultures’ restaurant”
  • The DC, who has an curiosity within the wildlife, disbursed a grant of Rs 7 lakh
  • Right this moment, almost 400 vultures go to the “restaurant” in Pathankot for feeding day by day

A great 12 years later, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Wildlife, Rajesh Mahajan, approached DC Sanyam Aggarwal for a grant to ascertain the “restaurant”. The officer, who has an avid curiosity within the wildlife, forwarded a grant of Rs 7 lakh. At the moment, the quantity seemed to be a meagre one, however its significance is being recognised now.

A plan was put in place to make sure vultures, pure scavengers, come again within the space. And Chandola turned the epicentre of this mission. Now, with the requisite infrastructure, almost 400 vultures come to their “kitchen” for feeding day by day.

Wildlife officers make it possible for the carcasses fed to the birds are free from the veterinary drug diclofenac. This drugs, usually given to ease ache in cattle, is poisonous to the birds and causes kidney failure.

DFO Mahajan says now a carcass needs to be licensed by a veterinary physician earlier than it’s fed to the vultures.

“The birds at the moment are again on the ecological map. They arrive, feast after which come once more. They find carrion by its decaying odour and circle above it earlier than preying. Vulture populations on this space have undoubtedly halted their precipitous decline,” he stated.

Apparently, the birds breed within the neighbouring area of Himachal Pradesh. “They just like the serenity of the realm. The branched tall bushes of ‘Char Pine’ are a favorite. That’s the reason we have to shield such bushes,” stated Sukhdeep Singh Bajwa, honorary wildlife warden, Gurdaspur.

The trigger is noble. Nevertheless, solely time will inform whether or not officers handle to maintain the vultures flying or not.


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