GUWAHATI, June 6: The Kamrup district administration took up massive plantation drives in various places of the district in conformity with the World Environment Day on June 5. In collaboration with Round Table Guwahati, a leading NGO, steps were taken to plant 300 saplings in and around the premises of Saraighat Lake, Amingaon. Moreover, all the circle officers, block development officers, health institutions, schools and colleges and other government establishments were asked to take up plantation in appropriate measure on their premises. Earlier in the day, a painting competition was held in the campus of Hoygrib Madhab Devalaya, Hajo by the district administration as an awareness campaign to conserve rare species of turtles and fishes in Bishnupushkar Pond. As a long-term measure for sustaible development of the pond and the conservation of turtle and fish species, a conservation committee has been constituted with experts, representatives from local administration, forest and temple committee, a press release said. Works are underway to create better living condition for turtles in the temple pond by providing breeding and basking grounds, and monitoring and improving the water quality. An artificial incubation facility, where human-assisted egg hatching can be done, has been set up on the pond premises, the release added. The committee, under the supervision of the Kamrup the Deputy Commissioner, has also taken initiatives to develop a biodiversity information centre in the office of the Deputy Commissioner.
Steps for sustaible development of Bishnupushkar