Deepor Beel

Guwahati, June 8, 2019:

Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Biswajit Pegu has emphasized the need for protecting and preserving Deepor Beel.

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Endorsing the awareness campaign #LetsSaveDeeporBeel initiated by Inside Northeast, Pegu said, “It is high time that we need preserve Deepor Beel. If we don’t preserve it then we will always see the artificial floods happening in the days to come.”

Appreciating the endeavour of Inside Northeast to create awareness on saving Deepor Beel, Pegu said, “Deepor Beel is one of the biggest water bodies in Guwahati. It is one of the water bodies which actually takes the entire water loads of Guwahati city.”

According to Pegu since Deepor Beel is the only Ramsar site, it becomes all the more important to protect Deepor Beel.

“We need to, we have to protect and preserve Deepor Beel,” he asserted.

The Beel is a great food source and a great breeding ground for a large variety of residential water birds as well as a number of migratory waterfowls, amphibians, reptiles, insects, micro and macrophytes, terrestrial weeds.

The Department of Forests, Assam has listed 170 species of Birds – two critically endangered, one endangered, five vulnerable and four near threatened such Spot Billed Pelican, Lesser Adjutant Stork, Greater Adjutant Stork, Black Necked Stork and Large Whistling Teal.

The most notable bird species found in the sanctuary are Kingfishers, Fishing Eagles, a plethora of ducks, Greater Adjutant Stork, Whistling Teal, Open Billed Stork, Shoveler, Pintail, Garganey and high concentration of Pheasant Tail Jacanas.

Some of the largest congregations of aquatic birds in Assam can be seen here, particularly during the winter. Besides its rich fauna, the sanctuary is ideal for an encounter with other wildlife including Hoolock Gibbons, the only ape species in Indian subcontinent.

There is a watch tower inside the sanctuary, constructed by the forest department. Also, country boats are available to watch birds there.

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