Bhubaneswar: Centre has provided total amount of Rs 4.7 to Odisha during last two years for conservation of Chilika and Ansupa lakes, informed Union Petroleum and Natural Gas; Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan in a tweet today.
The funds have been released under National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems for nurturing Chilika, India’s largest brackish water lake and Ansupa lakes, Odisha’s largest fresh water lagoon.
The Union Minister has extended his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Forest & Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar for taking appropriate initiative towards conservation, protection and management of Chilika and Ansupa lakes in Odisha.
The revival of Ansupa lake, which was a wasteland three years ago, has brought much cheer to all and provides further encouragement for conservation and protection of wetlands spread across the country.
Home to migratory birds, the picturesque hamlet of Ansupa and the lagoons of Chilika are a paradise for nature connoisseurs with immense potential for ecological tourism. We are committed to conserve and protect these ‘Jewels of Odisha’ for a sustainable future, he said in a series of tweets.