India’s Second Aquatic Animal Research Center in UP
BAHRAICH, (IANS) – The Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) will soon be developed as the second research center of the National Aquatic Animal (Gangetic dolphin) in India.
The aim is to set up a dolphin research center along the bank of the Geruwa river, which flows through KWS in Bahraich.
As per the proposal, the area should be improvised and focused on boosting the production of Gangetic dolphins. Besides, a rapid action force would be deployed to deal with poachers.
In Uttar Pradesh, dolphins are found in the stretches of the Ganga River from Bijnor to Narora, in the Chambal on the border of Etawah and Agra, and in Ghaghra and Geruwa rivers.
The Gangetic dolphin is listed as endangered butis reviving in tGeruwa as its water is fresh and clean. The river originates in Nepal and enters the sanctuary through eight channels.According to an estimate, about 2,000 Gangetic dolphins are in different rivers in India. Of these, about 60 to 80 are in the Geruwa River.
In 2009, the Union government had declared dolphins as the national aquatic animal.
As of now, the Vikramshila Gangetic Dolphin Sanctuary of Bhagalpur in Bihar is the only dolphin sanctuary in the country.