Published on : Monday, September 20, 2021
Lucknow is all set to get a new eco-tourism spot, a wetland that is located behind the AtalBihari Vajpayee International Stadium, also known as Ekana Stadium. The state forest department, together withLucknow Development Authority will join hands to develop this area into an eco-forest.
An official notification will be made next week regarding the project, which would be spread across 37 acres of land, for about 47 kms. A wide variety of bird species live in the area, some of which are listed under the Schedule 1 of the Wildlife Protection Act.
The development of this new eco-tourism spot has been a special project for Alok Kumar, who is the Secretary to the Chief Minister. Mr. Kumar said, “The growing importance of urban forestry is what drove the CM to give a thought to the request made by the naturalists’ group. In the years to come, the place will give a new identity to the character of Lucknow.”
The Ekana Wetland is home to rare migratory birds that visit every winter. Other common animal species found here are bee-eaters, kingfishers, parakeets, ducks, golden jackal, and butterflies, among others.
Lucknow would get a new oasis for its residents to visit, while providing an official sanctuary to the species of birds and animals found here. The Ekana Wetland could be the new tourist hotspot in the city.