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Tag: Chilika Lake

Floating Bridge Stuck In Chilka Lake
Floating Bridge Vessel With Over 50 Passengers On Board Stranded In Chilika

More than 50 passengers are feared trapped in the middle of the Chilika lake after a floating bridge vessel (Bhasa Pola) ferrying them got stranded midway on Thursday.

Exotic Birds Of Chilika!
WATCH | Colourful Flamingos At Chilika Lake

WATCH | Colourful Flamingos At Chilika Lake

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Chilika Clean Up Drive: Puri District Admin Blows Off Illegal Prawn Gherry
Chilika Clean Up Drive: Puri District Admin Blows Off Illegal Prawn Gherry

Though the new mode of evicting illegal gherries didn't work out successfully as expected, further steps will be carried out after a brief discussion with the special team, informed Bhabatarana Sahoo, Deputy Collector, Puri.

Odisha Mulls Preservation Of Migratory Avian Specimens
Odisha Mulls Preservation Of Migratory Avian Specimens

Bhubaneswar: In a piece of good news especially for Twitchers and ornithologists, the Odisha Forest department is mulling to conserve the specimens of the migratory birds at the Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) in the capital city here. The RMNH already houses several varieties of skeletons and remains of animals including elephant, dolphin, rhinoceros, […]

bird census at Chilika Lake
Highest Ever Migratory Bird Count Recorded In Chilika

Chilika: Over 12 lakh migratory birds were spotted during the annual bird census in Chilika Lake, the first Indian wetlands of international importance under Ramsar Convention and UNESCO world heritage site, on Tuesday. This is the highest ever bird count in the water lagoon in last two decades. This year, the forest officials spotted 12,04,351, […]

COVID-19 Restrictions Force Odisha Fishermen Gaze Uncertain Future
COVID-19 Restrictions Put Fishermen Out Of Business In Odisha

Puri: The unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions have brought life to a standstill. With the induced lockdowns and shutdowns, the fishermen across the State are staring at an uncertain future. Fishermen community of Krushnaprasad area in Puri district are largely dependent on Chilika Lake. But, the government’s move of imposing COVID-19 restrictions to shun […]

Kalijai Temple In Chilika Lake
Odisha Govt Plans Cruise Service To Boost Tourism Potential

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to operate day cruise service at five selected water bodies with the participation of the private sector, an official said on Saturday. The tourism department has invited proposals from prospective applicants for organising day cruises at Chilika Lake, Mahanadi, Bhitarkanika, Satkosia George and Hirakud reservoir in Odisha. #Odisha plans […]

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Restored Chilika Lake In Odisha Benefitted Over 2 Lakh Fishermen, Reports IIT Madras

Chennai: The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) on Friday said its researchers undertook a major restoration project at the famous Chilika Lake – the largest brackish water body in Asia and the first Ramsar site of India – located in Odisha to help in tripling the population of the Irrawaddy dolphins while also benefitting […]

Odisha Partners Kerala To Develop Water Tourism

Bhubaneswar: The state tourism department has signed an agreement with the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC) for developing water-based tourism in Odisha. Besides housing Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon Chilika lake, the state boasts of a 482-kilometer coastline and eight major reservoirs, apart from several other pristine water bodies where surveys have ascertained […]

Administration Launches Crackdown On Boats Operating Illegally In Odisha's Chilika Lake

Berhampur: The Khurda district administration on Tuesday launched a crackdown on the boats operating in the Chilika lake illegally, two days after a boat tragedy in the lagoon. A task force constituted by the Khurda district administration involving officers of the fishery (marine), tehasil, police, inland water transport(IWT), Chilka Development Authority (CDA) and police launched […]

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Boat Capsizes In Chilika Again, 17 Passengers Rescued

Puri: Raising serious concern on the safety of passengers ferrying across Chilika, yet another boat capsized in the lake on Sunday. The boat ferrying as many as 17 passengers capsized in the waters of the brackish lagoon but fortunately they narrowly escaped the jaws of death as all of them were rescued safely. As per […]

Irrawaddy Dolphins Sighted In New Areas Of Chilika Lake

Bhubaneswar: A large number of endangered Irrawaddy Dolphins were sighted in new areas of the Chilika lake, the largest brackish water lagoon in the country, officials said. The total dolphins sighted during the annual census on Sunday was 146, said Susant Nanda, the Chief Executive Officer of Chilika Development Authority. He said the good news […]

Bird Count Rises In Chilika By Over 50,000

Chilika: The bird population in Chilika, Asia largest brackish water lagoon, has increased by 57,000 this year in comparison to last year. As per the census that was conducted yesterday, the lake has recorded total of 11, 05,040 birds this year as against 10, 47,968 registered last year. The highest number of 4, 06,308 birds […]

Two Held For Hunting Migratory Birds In Chilika, 57 Bird Carcasses Seized

Khurda: The Forest officials on Saturday arrested two poachers from Chilka Lake area and recovered carcasses of 57 migratory birds from their possession. However, five others managed to escape during the raid by forest department officials. As per reports, the forest officials also rescued three live birds from the two poachers. Based on allegations of […]

Poacher Arrested, 13 Bird Carcasses Seized In Odisha

Berhampur: A poacher was arrested from Chilika lake on Wednesday for allegedly killing as many as 13 migratory birds in the prohibitory waters of the brackish lagoon. The accused, identified as Parameswar Pradhan, was arrested from Abhimanpur under Tangi Wildlife Range when he was transporting the carcasses of the Northern Pintails in a motorcycle, DFO, […]

Column: Let’s Make Chilika Completely Safe For Birds

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Chilika, the largest brackish water lake of Asia, has turned into a plumed wonder with hundreds of migratory birds presently lazing in its cerulean waters. This is the best time of the year to visit the lagoon when it is bathed in exotic colours with winged guests making all kinds of noises. […]

Migratory Birds Flock To Chilika As Winter Sets In

Khurda: “Raha raha khyane baspiya shakata dekhibi Chilika charu chitra pata,” these lines by Utkalmani Gopabandhu Das were inspired by the serene beauty of Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon which amplifies many folds by the foreign migratory birds every winter. And with the onset of wintry weather in this part of the country, exotic winged […]

Column: Let’s Showcase Chilika Like The Thames

By Ashutosh Mishra London: Thames is a beautiful river and a major tourist attraction of the city. It is part of city’s life. The view of the river from any of the bridges over it is breath-taking. But watching it from inside the London Eye, the giant wheel that is an iconic city landmark, is […]

Column: Chilika In The Grip Of Prawn Mafia

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: The famous Chilika lake continues to be in the grip of the prawn mafia. Cash rich prawn traders , who export the boneless fish to international destinations, pay the local culturists who build prawn dykes by encroaching parts of the lake which is choking. Commercialisation of Chilika began long ago with […]

Low-Flying Aircraft Circling Over Chilika Triggers Panic

Khurda: Panic gripped residents of several villages after a low-flying airplane was spotted circling over Chilika several times on Thursday. According to the residents of Satpada, Mahisa and Brahmagiri, the aircraft was flying at much lower height over Chilika at around 10 AM. “We spotted the aircraft circling over Chilika for nearly 10 to 12 […]

Process For Drainage Of Oil Begins From Malaysian Cargo Ship Stranded Near Chilika

Puri: Amid fears of oil spillage from Malaysian cargo ship Jin Hwa 32’ which ran aground on August 7 at Rajhans Island near Chilika Lake, the Puri district administration today begun the process for evacuation of the stored oil from the vessel. “The removal of oil from the cargo ship Jin Hwa 32 began today […]

Oil from Washed Up Cargo Vessel On Chilika Coast To be Removed Soon: Odisha Minister

Khurda: Amidst concerns over threat to the eco-sensitive coastal zone of Chilika lake, Odisha government initiated talks with the owner of the Malaysian cargo ship which washed ashore Rajhans island near Chilika Lake on August 7. State Transport and Commerce Minister, Padmanabha Behera today informed that the district administration has initiated talks with the owner […]

Odisha to give facelift to Chilika and Ansupa Lake

Bhubaneswar: Odisha government will spend Rs 158 crore for the overall development of Chilika lake in next five years. The development project which aims at conserving the bio-diversity and provide livelihood support to two lakh fishermen of 151 villages around the Chilika lake. A master plan in this regard was approved at a high-level meeting […]

Cargo ship washed up on Chilika coast poses threat to ecosystem: Coast Guard

Bhubaneswar: Raising concerns over the stranded Malaysian cargo ship aground near Rajhans in Chilika lake since last Wednesday(August 7), Indian Coast Guard today wrote a letter to the owner of the vessel citing that the ship which is loaded with fuel & lubricants is a threat to eco-sensitive Chilika & Odisha Coast. As per reports, […]

Op-Ed: The Challenge Of Safeguarding Chilika

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In a few months from now Chilika, the largest brackish water lake of Asia, will be playing host to lakhs of migratory birds that turn the lagoon into a plumed wonder during the winter months every year. As the Chilika Wildlife Division officials gear up for the winter congregation of the […]