Tag: Chilika

Flamingos, Pelicans still in Chilika despite high temperature

The Flamingos and Pelicans, who winged their way to the famous Chilika Lake in Odisha for their winter stay, are still around despite soaring temperature in the peak of summer

  • Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Drop in the number of migratory birds visiting Chilika

The arrival of winged visitors to Chilika Lake, the biggest waterfowl habitat in the country, has dropped this season with 1.58 lakh fewer migratory birds sighted than the previous season

  • Monday, 21 June 2021
Jay Panda had taken permission & given flight plan: BPI Airport Director

Bhubaneswar: After former MP Baijayant Panda’s helicopter and hangar were seized at the Bhubaneswar airport on charges of flying in “no flying zone” over Chilika lake, Director of the BPI Airport SC Hota today stated that the former MP had taken permission from the airport authorities along with a proper flight plan. Hota said, “We […]

  • Friday, 04 June 2021
Op-Ed: Homo Sapiens To Blame For The Plight of Aquatic Species In The State

Bhubaneswar: The recent dolphin survey in the state threw up some startling figures. The number of these human-friendly mammals in Odisha’s known aquatic ecosystems, has fallen alarmingly, coming down from 469 in 2018 to 259 this year. The census covered the Chilika lake, India’s largest brackish water lagoon straddling Puri, Khurda and Ganjam districts, the […]

  • Monday, 03 May 2021
Scores of Dolphin Deaths in Chilika Baffle Locals

Puri: The recent rise in the number of dolphin deaths in Chilika lake has raised grave concerns with deaths of four dolphins already being reported so far this year. Locals, social workers and forest department officials have described the deaths as alarming. According to dolphin census statistics, there were 134 dolphins in the year 2015 […]

  • Monday, 03 May 2021
Naveen targets BJP over Chilika, coastal highway project

Puri: Ahead of the third and fourth phase polls, BJD supremo and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has intensified campaigning for his party candidates and is leaving no stone unturned to corner and target the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJD chief today played the ‘Chilika card’ and accused that the BJP-led government at the Centre […]

  • Sunday, 02 May 2021
Op-Ed: Who Cares For Environment During Polls?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: In the cacophonous campaign of political parties marked by mutual recrimination environmental issues often get lost during the elections. It is no different this time. Hardly any party is raising any environment-related issue of consequence. Interestingly, a few days ago chief minister, Naveen Patnaik sought to bring Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish […]

  • Sunday, 02 May 2021
Op-Ed: Why It Takes A Fani To Remind Us Of Tourism Development?

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: During my recent visit to Puri to report the damage caused by cyclone Fani in the temple town I found state tourism secretary in a huddle with local hoteliers and energy department officials. He was trying to sort out the problems of the hotel industry in a bid to put tourism […]

  • Saturday, 01 May 2021
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Orissa High Court Orders Eviction Of Illegal Prawn Gherries From Chilika, Bhitarkanika

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court has ordered eviction of illegal prawn gherries at Chilika, Bhitarkanika and other eco-sensitive wetland areas in Puri and Ganjam district. While directing the Collectors of…

  • Friday, 30 April 2021
Op-Ed: Smaller Wetlands, Too, Need Attention

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha government’s exclusive obsession with Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, has practically sealed the fate of  comparatively smaller wetlands which play an equally important role in preserving the state’s rich biodiversity. The plight of Ansupa, a freshwater lake on the banks of Mahanadi in Cuttack district which is returning back to […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Tourism limping back to normalcy in Cyclone Fani-ravaged Satapada

Puri: Almost one-and-half months after extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani ravaged the serene and sublime Satapada area on Chilika lake in Puri district, tourism continues to limp back to normalcy in the coastal town. In view of the rise in inflow of tourists, local boatmen have either borrowed money or taken loans to repair their […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
50 days on, several Fani-hit villages in Puri still without electricity

Puri: Even though 50 days have passed since the extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani hit coastal Odisha, people in several villages in Puri district are still forced to live in dark as power supply is yet to be restored. Though normalcy has returned in some places of the district, power supply still eludes some places […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Quintals of relief meant for Cyclone Fani victims dumped in Puri

Puri: Quintals of flattened rice (chuda) meant for distribution among the Cyclone Fani-hit victims of Krushna Prasad block in Puri district were dumped by local administration near Chilika coast here on Wednesday. Though the stock was buried yesterday, the matter came to the fore only after some locals reported the matter to the media. As […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
Op-Ed: Ecotourism Boost A Welcome Move

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Ecotourism is the buzzword. Odisha government, too, seems keen to make the most of it having set aside Rs 7.7 crore in the current budget for infrastructure development at ecotourism sites. This sector has tremendous potential for revenue generation and the best thing about it is that local communities have a […]

  • Thursday, 29 April 2021
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 […]

  • Tuesday, 27 April 2021