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Tag: Chilika Lake

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 […]

Malaysian cargo ship develops technical snag, drifts ashore Chilika lake in Odisha

Khurda: A Malaysian cargo ship, which was en route to Visakhapatnam port, reportedly developed a technical glitch after being caught in storm in the Bay of Bengal and landed near Rajhans at Chilika lake on Wednesday night. As per reports, the ship carrying cargo from Malaysia unloaded its shipment in Bangladesh and was on its […]

Monsoon migratory birds not sighted in Odisha: Ornithologists

Berhampur: Migratory birds which usually reach the Chilika Lake and other parts of Odisha ahead of monsoon, are yet to be sighted this year, ornithologists said. The south-west monsoon has already advanced in the state. The pied-crested cuckoo (also called Jacobin Cuckoo), a migratory bird locally known as the “Pika” generally arrive before the onset […]

Cruise, boat house to boost tourism potential in Chilika

Bhubaneswar: Tourists coming to Chilika Lake will soon be able to avail cruise and boat house lodging facilities. Similarly floating restaurants which adorn the backwaters of Kerala will also now be seen in the brackish water lagoon. A master plan in this regard has been prepared by a consulting firm under Integrated Coastal Zone Management […]

Dolphin carcass found near sea beach in Ganjam

Ganjam:  Carcass of a dolphin was found near a sea beach along the shores of Bay of Bengal in Kantiagada village of Ganjam district today. While the carcass was spotted by some local residents, the reason behind the death of the aquatic mammal is yet to be ascertained. Frequent occurrence of such incidents is raising […]

Fani Aftermath: Fishermen in Chilika yet to get relief

Chilika: Damaged houses, grounded fishing boats and snapped fishing nets- all these describe the current scenario in villages close to Chilika Lake post the severe cyclonic storm Fani. Left with almost nothing, the severely affected fishermen are still waiting for relief materials even as 11 days have passed by. Amid tall claims of the State […]

Carcass of a dolphin found in Chilika Lake

Puri: Carcass of a dolphin belonging to the rare Irrawaddy species was found floating near Ghatapenta in Chilika Lake today. While the reason behind the death is yet to be ascertained, large number of people in the area gathered to see the carcass of the dolphin. As per latest reports, the officials of the Forest […]

Rise in avian guests at Chilika

Khurda: The number of winged species in Chilika Lake, Asia’s second largest marine water lagoon has increased this year. According to latest reports from the ongoing bird census carried out in this biggest waterfowl habitat, the total number of birds recorded this year is 10, 47,968 which is significantly higher than 8, 93,390 recorded last […]

Poaching of migratory birds in Chilika continues unabated

Khurda: Despite several anti-poaching measures and warnings issued by the Wildlife department, poachers have continued hunting birds on a large-scale basis in the Chilika Lake. With thousands of migratory birds arriving at Nalabana and Mangalajodi areas, these poachers have also become super-active in carrying out illegal activities. Every year, these migratory birds from Siberia, Malaysia, […]

With onset of winter, winged guests start arriving at Chilika Lake

Khurda: With the onset of winter in the State, thousands of migratory birds have started arriving at Chilika Lake, the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia. Various species of the winged guests including Northern pintail, Gadwali, shovellers, Flamingo and Brahmani ducks are being spotted descending on the mudflats of the lake. The arrival of the […]

4 fishermen suffer critical injuries after explosion near Chilika lake

Puri: Four fishermen suffered critical injuries after an explosion took place on the banks of Chilika lake in Bhagabata sahi under Brahmagiri police limits in the district today. As per reports, the blast took place all of a sudden during construction work of boats. The injured persons have been identified as Abinash Behera, Abhiram Behera, […]

New natural mouth formed at Chilika lake near Arakhakuda

Chilika: Panic gripped residents of 15 villages of Arakhakuda panchayat in Puri district after a new natural mouth was formed today due to high tide and heavy rain under the impact of cyclone Titli at Chilika lake. Villagers alleged that the problem assumed serious proportions due to rampant cutting down of trees which posed threat […]

Chopper Row: Support for Jay Panda pours in, CM’s effigy burnt in Kendrapara

Kendrapara: Support continued to pour in for former Kendrapara MP, Baijayant ‘Jay’ Panda for the second day today after he was falsely dragged into controversy over flying of a helicopter over Chilika lake. Terming it as a ‘conspiracy’, locals of Jagannathpur village under Patakura panchayat today staged a demonstration at Garadapur. Locals alleged that the […]

FIR lodged against CM Naveen for chopper ride over Chilika lake

Bhubaneswar: An FIR was lodged against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for allegedly flying over Chilika lake. The complaint was filed at Arakhakuda Marine police station in Puri district by convener of Sachetana Nagarika Manch Priyadarshan Patnaik today. The complainant alleged that CM and others also violated norms by flying over the brackish water lake […]

No restrictions on flying over Chilika Lake, say CDA authorities

Bhubaneswar: Soon after a controversy erupted over the seizure of the helicopter of former MP Baijayant Jay Panda on allegations of flying over Chilika Lake, the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has said that there are no restrictions on flying over the brackish water lagoon. “CDA has no restrictions on flying over Chilika. The Directorate General […]

Chilika Development Authority opposes water aerodrome plans

Chilika: Citing irrevocable damages to the ecosystem of Chilika Lake and livelihood of the population dependent on it, the Chilika Development Authority (CDA) today opposed the proposed sea aerodrome project in the lake. By raising five points in its report, the CDA today apprised the State government about the possible threats of the proposed aerodrome […]

Fishermen protest proposal of water aerodrome on Chilika Lake

Bhubaneswar: At a time when the Centre and the State are crossing swords over the proposal to set up a water aerodrome on Chilika Lake, environmental activists and fishermen today protested the move and warned of intensifying their agitation against the project. At a presser, Chilika Matsyajibi Mahasangh (CMM) today said that the new proposal […]

Op-Ed: Sea aerodrome in Chilka: Shelve the Idea Now

Trust the Modi government to come up with one crazy idea after another. As if the ambitious – but foolish – decision to go for a bullet train, costing upwards of Rs. One lakh crore, wasn’t bad enough, it has now given ‘in-principle’ consent to the proposal for setting up a ‘sea aerodrome’ at Chilika […]

Water aerodrome project mulled on Chilika lake

Khurda: The recent boat mishap in Chilika lake might have been a mood dampener for the state, but the new developments being planned on the coastal lagoon are sure to cheer up locals and tourists alike. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) is planning to set up a water aerodrome (an open water area used […]

Chilika boat capsize: owner held

Bhubaneswar: A day after the ill-fated boat capsize incident that claimed as many as six lives in Chilika lake, the owner of the boat was arrested on Sunday. As per information, the owner of the boat, Basant Behera who had gone hiding after the incident was reported on Saturday evening, was nabbed by Balugaon police […]

2 dead, 2 missing as boat capsizes in Chilika during thunderstorm

Khurda: In a tragic incident, two including a minor girl was killed while two others went missing after a boat ferrying tourists capsized in Chilika lake following a thunderstorm on Saturday evening. The mishap occurred when the boat carrying 16 tourists from Ranapur area of Nayagarh district including the boatman were returning from Kalijai to […]

100 passengers aboard ferryboat left stranded in Chilika Lake

Puri: At least 100 people aboard a ferry boat were left stranded for about 20 minutes in Chilika Lake today after it developed a technical snag. The ferry, carrying two buses and over 15 bikes besides the passengers, left the Satapada ghat at around 7 am this morning to Janhikuda. However, barely after heading 200 […]

4 fishermen rescued after boat capsizes in Chilika

Puri: Four fishermen, who were feared drowned after their boat capsized in Chilika lake late on Wednesday night, were rescued today. According to reports, the fishermen belonging to Kaudikhunti village under Kanas block had gone for fishing in the Chillika lake. At around 11 pm, Nor’wester rains started lashing following which the boat they were […]

Chilika lake largest habitat of Irrawaddy dolphins globally

Bhubaneswar: The Chilika lake in Odisha has emerged as the single largest habitat of Irrawaddy dolphins in the world with the spotting of 155 such animals, a Chilika Development Authority (CDA) official said. The finding is based on the preliminary report of the first ever ‘Annual Monitoring’ of the lake held on Saturday, CDA Chief […]

Migratory birds yet to begin homeward journey from Chilika

Berhampur: The migratory birds, which had flocked to Odisha’s Chilika lake for their winter sojourn, have not yet started their homeward journey, a senior forest official said. Availability of food and safety might be the reason for their prolonged stay in the lake though day temperature is on the rise, Divisional Forest Officer of Chilika […]

Chilika may soon be tagged World Heritage Site

Khurda: The Odisha government is preparing a detailed project report (DPR) to develop Chilika, the largest brackish water lagoon in the country, into a World Heritage Site with the tripartite collaboration of UNESCO and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC). Forest and Environment Secretary Suresh Mohapatra after a meeting with Shigeru Aoyagi, Director and UNESCO […]

Poacher held with 10 dead migratory birds

Berhampur: Wildlife officials have arrested a poacher and seized 10 dead migratory birds from his possession near Chilika lake in Odisha, forest officials said today. The poacher was caught from Ujad Gopinathpur while trying to flee after hunting 10 Purple Moorhens yesterday, Divisional Forest Officer, Chilika Wildlife Division, Bikash Ranjan Das, said. “We suspect that […]

Kalijai temple in Chilika to get a facelift soon

Bhubaneswar: The Kalijai temple in Chilika Lake which attracts thousands of pilgrims from far and wide everyday will soon get a facelift as Chilika Development Authority (CDA) has prepared a blueprint for refurbishment of the historical shrine. The decision was taken to develop and promote the temple as a major tourist destination. A whopping Rs […]

Dharmendra Pradhan thanks Odisha
Dharmendra Pradhan writes to CM on UNESCO, ONGC keenness to conserve Chilika

Bhubaneswar: Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today apprised Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about the joint initiatives United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) plan to take up to develop Chilika Lake as World Heritage site and preserve the ecosystem […]

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Odisha prepares master plan for Chilika development

Bhubaneswar: With Chilika Lake holding out vast tourism potential, the Odisha government has decided to implement a master plan for making the lagoon as a world class tourist destination. The state government has already assigned an agency for preparing the master plan. The final report of the master plan is likely to be presented to […]

Migratory birds head back home with rise in temperature

Berhampur: With sudden rise in the day temperature, the visiting migratory birds to famous Chilika lake in Odisha have begun the long journey back home. Fifty per cent of the migratory birds, who made the lake their home, have already left Chilika while the rest are likely to leave soon, Divisional Forest Offier (DFO) of […]

Boat Capsize
Day after Chilika boat capsize, focus on safety features

Berhampur: With a fishing boat ferrying picnickers capsizing in Chilika Lake that claimed four lives the day before, safety features in the country’s largest brackish water lagoon has come into the focus. Besides tourist boats, a large number of fishing boats operate from lakeside villages to ferry visitors to exotic locations inside the lagoon. Such […]

Five migratory birds recovered, poachers flee

Brahmagiri (Puri): A special team of Forest staff of Brahmagiri Wildlife Range recovered four dead migratory birds and a live migratory bird during a raid on Ghatukuli village near Chilika lake in the wee hours today. Acting on a tip-off, the team raided the outskirts area of the village and recovered the five winged guests. […]

Wildlife dept gears up to prevent poaching in Chilika lake

Berhampur: Wildlife personnel have geared up to prevent poaching in Odisha’s Chilika lake apprehending large-scale killing of birds for the ensuing ‘Chhadakhai’ day which comes after the holy month of Kartik. On this day, Odias who forgo non-vegetarian food during Kartik indulge in large-scale killing of birds as the demand for non-vegetarian food goes up, […]

Expert team to visit Puri; fix erosion at Swarga Dwar

Bhubaneswar/Puri: A team of technical experts will soon visit Puri to take stock of the situation arising out of surging sea waves threatening to wash away the road near Swarga Dwar, the Hindu cremation ground in the pilgrim town. Briefing media persons after a high level review meeting of the Puri-Konark Development Authority (PKDA) presided […]

Chilika Lake nominated for World Heritage Site list

India has submitted a list of 46 monuments for their inclusion as Unesco World Heritage Sites, parliament was informed on Wednesday

23 migratory birds carcass seized, 1 held

Bhubaneswar: As many as 23 migratory birds carcass were seized by Tangi wildlife department officials and one arrested on Sunday in connect with this. Sources said the deceased birds were of Purple Moren and Brown Crake species. The arrested person, Arun Kalesi, had killed the birds from Chilika Lake with the help of other poachers […]