Agartala: Nature lovers across the region are worried about preservation and safety of migratory birds. But here, villagers are facing a harrowing time due to depredations by these foreign guests.
The small bamboo plantation near the house of one Surendra Chandra Nath brought the curse for the entire village of Sarala under Kadamtala block of North Tripura district. The villagers sought the help of the Forest Department officials but they too failed to give any sustainable solution. The villagers were delighted when a few colourful birds set up their nest in the bamboo plantation. But within a few days, the number of, locally known a Kutumba (Guest) birds – started to increase and that reached a few thousands.
The birds fly far away and collect their food including fish, snakes, frogs and many other living creature, parts of which falls in the courtyards and roof top of the villagers. These in turn decay and spread a stench and people are now afraid of diseases.
All attempts on the part of the villagers to drive them away have failed forcing them to seek the help of the Forest Department. Firstly, Beat officer Amiya Sutradhar from Churaibari Beat office and then the Ranger Sailen Malakar from Dharmanagar Range office visited the place but could not give any solution to the problem of the villagers. Malakar advised the villagers to keep their home clean and to spray pesticides to prevent spread of diseases. But the task is huge and the villagers are finding it difficult. However, the matter has been brought into the notice of the Sub-Divisional Forest Officer Pranajit Bhowmik who assured of taking steps to keep the village clean.
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