Villagers turned Gujarat’s water-hungry Dethli into a bird sanctuary, here’s how
There is an interrelation between a human’s body and the human’s parental environment. Therefore, it is quite natural that any negative factor affecting the environment necessarily affects the body. A village in Gujarat, Dethli, has been surrounded by the consequences of the unconscious and reckless actions of the people living in and around it. A major lake in the village was drowned in the dirt and trash administered to the body of water over a period of two decades. The region was devoid of water and flora and fauna rarely thrived in this highly toxic environment. This village of 1,300 inhabitants has undergone a massive metamorphosis and is now a refuge for several species of birds such as the cotton pygmy, the redshell duck, the shoveler, the black-rumped flameback, the pied cuckoo and the Spotted owl, among 150 other avian species. , according to a Times of India report. Not just this. The prominent lake, which previously struggled to breathe amid all the trash, is now a 9 crore liter deep lake that is immensely beneficial to the farmers living nearby.
Who or what do you think changed the face of this arid village? Government? Or an NGO? Or the Elves?
Well, the source behind the infusion of animation in the area was none other than the villagers of Dethli. It was they and a few natives of the village, living abroad, who did what seemed to be extremely close to the impossible. Not only did they clean up the water with their continuous and arduous effort, but they also converted the barren Dethli, into a full-fledged bird sanctuary with around 150 species visiting this sort of avian living room.
Mayur Shah, from Dethli, residing in Japan, told TOI: “The village was on the migratory route, but no birds flapped their wings here, not even in the surrounding area. But now, with everyone’s best efforts, it’s a hot spot for migrating birds. Mayur’s father, Somchand Shah, was the arm behind the drying up of the lake. With the help of his father and the forestry department, Mayur was able to create three islands to serve as a nest for these tired birds that have traveled for miles to get here.
In addition to unclogging the lake, the villagers also eradicated encroachment scars and developed piers based on modern methods for efficient lake water harvesting.
The villagers plan to turn the place into a tourist attraction so that a source of income, channeled into the further development of the place, can be established.
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