Mathura, 2017.04.02 (VT): The much ballyhooed Peacock Conservation Center project will continue be developed on two hectares of land belonging to the Van Chetna Kendra or forest awareness center, situated on the Mathura-Vrindavan marg.
Peacocks and other species of birds are losing their natural habitat due to the slow but sure transformation of Vrindavan and its surrounding areas into a concrete jungle. Peacocks hold great importance in Vrindavan because Braj is the land of eternal pastimes of Lord Shri Krishna. Being the dearest bird to Shyamsundar, it makes it all the more special. As a result of deforestation, these beautiful birds are facing loss of habitat, which has provided a much-needed motivation to the conservation department in gaining a new momentum for its conservation.
The detailed project report (DPR) has been approved for the conservation of peacocks. The forest department had sent a DPR of Rs one crore to the Peacock Conservation Center in December-January and the same had also been sent to the local government. Last month, the Housing Development Officer received first installment of Rs 55 lakh as part of the conservation project funding. The executive committee will start the conservation work soon.
The Peacock Protection Center will be developed on two hectares of Van Chetna Kendra located at Mathura-Vrindavan Road. The developmental work has been distributed into three main phases. The first phase will include work on building a high wall around the periphery as well as the beautification of the main gate. In the second phase, large plants will be planted in the Conservation Center premises, because peacocks are more inclined to make their home on large and dense trees.
In the same phase drinking water and solar lights will also be installed. In the third and final phase, treatment and supervision of injured peacocks will be arranged with the valuable assistance of the Veterinary Department. While developing the Peacock Conservation Center special attention will be paid to the natural environment of the area. It is also worthwhile to note that, at present, the number of peacocks in the district is only 4,298.
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