Kapilvastu is full of natural beauty Jagdishpur Lake is one of them. Where birds and many other colorful things are found. Jagdishpur Lake, which is the largest in the district, has created a unique identity.
Which lake is considered as the main attraction destination for the visiting birds. Earlier, the nesting of different species of birds was visible. The area around the lake looked charming with the birds that had come to escape the winter. Due to the lack of attention of the relevant bodies in the wetland area, it can be easily assumed that the number of visiting birds in the lake is decreasing.
With the construction of concrete structures here, the number of visiting birds is decreasing every year. After the government started building random concrete structures in the name of tourism, promotion and development in the border area, the visitor birds dependent on water and land have started disappearing.
Local tourists used to flock to see the bird activity. At present, such a situation is rarely seen in Jagdishpur Lake. Locals have complained that the beautiful biological diversity has started to disappear due to activities like boating, construction of monasteries and picnic spots to attract tourists from Lake Gherabar. It is said that suggestions from experts were not taken while building structures in wetlands.
Bird expert Krishna Prasad Bhusal claimed that the structures to be built in Ramsar listed areas are not environmentally friendly. He said: “Environmental protection should also be emphasized while building the structure. Before Jagdishpur became a reserve, the footpath was built by laying tiles on the lake bed.”
Expert Bhusal added: “At present, large concrete towers have been established in two places. Hotels are operating in the eastern part. Boats are operating in the lake. With the increase in human activities in the lake area, the number of birds that prefer a quiet environment has continuously decreased.”
In the reserve, 14 thousand 980 birds were counted in 2019, 20 thousand eight hundred in 2020, 12 thousand 63 in 2021, and 11 thousand 18 in 2022. According to Biologist Dilip Chand of Panchi Conservation Association, 11 thousand 222 birds have been counted this year.
DPR is being prepared for the construction of structures in Ajigara Lake of Krishnanagar Municipality, Shankarpur Lake of Vijayanagar Rural Municipality. The federal government has also allocated a budget for the beautification of Buddhi lake in Buddhbhoomi Municipality. With the start of construction work in the name of lake protection, the movement of birds has decreased.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary