Report by Bhupinder Singh Chundawat
Udaipur : A part of the heritage park- Gulab Bagh is under transformation. It will soon be home to exotic avian species and thus have a new identity. Gulab bagh will be the state’s first Bird Park with a variety of local and scheduled species. It had been the old zoo for years however, with the animals shifted to Sajjangarh Biological park, the Gulab Bagh is being converted into an exclusive bird park, it may take around ten months for the project to complete, sources said. Sprawling in an area of 51135.47 sq meters, the project is estimated around 11.50 crores . An assistance of 8 crore has been granted by the Center while the rest of the amount would be pooled in by the Udaipur Municipal Corporation and the UIT.
The new tourist attraction will comprise of a water bird area, enclosures for caged birds, free zone and a learning center along with public facilities. There would be wide range of species like the Carolina duck, Emperor goose, Scarlet Ibis, Manchurian crane, Chilean flamingo, White stork, Ross Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Victoria Crowned Pigeon, Military Macaw, Dusky Lory, Green-napped rainbow Lorikeet, Yellow-bibbed Lory, Chattering Lory etc. “ The Gulabbagh building is a heritage one, made in 1862, we conceived the idea of turning the place into a bird park after the zoo stopped existing so that the large number of people visiting the park rejoice the pleasant sight and twittering of birds in natural environment” Rahul Bhatnagar, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wild Life) told Udaipur Kiran. More than 50 varieties of scheduled and local birds could be seen here.
A sum of 184.27 lakh rupees is estimated on infrastructure development while 965.25 lakhs would be spend on enclosures construction work. The forest department had proposed for a museum and education center too where people would get information on the avian varieties across the globe. The park will house a vet hospital and feed store too.