Govt approves renovation of Kanjia Lake

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has approved the renovation of Kanjia Lake adjacent to Nandankanan Zoological Park on the outskirts of the capital city.

Announcing this on the occasion of World Wetlands Day on Thursday, Sisir Kumar Acharya, Director, Nandankanan Zoological Park, said the state government has approved the action plan and sanctioned Rs 44 lakh for renovation work of the lake to be undertaken by the Chilika Development Authority (CDA).

Talking about the condition of the lake, Acharya said the lake would be dredged as its water level has become considerably low due to high sedimentation and dense weeds.

He also said there is constant water-logging in a farm which is just behind the Botanical garden inside the Zoological Park. “Taking note of this, we have decided to raise its ground level so that there would be no more water-logging and we would get more fodder from the farm,” he added.

Earlier in the day, a rally was organised inside the Park premises this morning in which several school students participated to mark the World Wetlands Day. Several competitions were held among the students and awards were presented to the winners in the presence of senior Zoo officials.