Mandya (Karnataka) June 9: In order to give more sights of birds to visitors throughout the year, the forest department made another step with flat bottomed boat facility at the famous Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in the district.
Following this department of forest has plans to offer 365-day boating facilities to visitors at the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary near Srirangapatna, which had received first ever flat-bottomed boat that can even sail in knee-deep waters.
Further, the department has resorted to construct a pergola besides planting varieties of saplings in the islets. A flat-bottom boat worth Rs. 3.75 lakh has joined the fleet of boats at the bird sanctuary two days back and four more are expected to arrive shortly, said senior officials at the Forest Department.
The department, which is the custodian of the sanctuary, currently has around 10 canoe-type boats to ferry visitors and offer them an experience of watching avian at close quarters in the islets. However, they cannot sail when the flow in the Cauvery drastically falls during summer.
The canoe-type boats get trapped on rocks beneath during summer, and suspension of boat rides was a common phenomena, severely disappointing the visitors, said the officials. The frequent suspensions [of boating] as well as its impact on the revenue prompted the department to introduce flat-bottom boats, a senior officer said.
The department has also decided to increase the green cover at the sanctuary, as well as developing tourist amenities. “The department personnel have already planted various species of saplings. The department will extend/develop the walkway besides constructing a pergola for the visitors,” a senior Forest Department officer said.