The Union government has approved setting up a turtle sanctuary in Allahabad and a river bio-diversity park at Sangam in the city.
The project, approved by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) under its ‘Namami Gange’ (Ganga rejuvenation) programme last week, includes a turtle rearing center (permanent nursery at Triveni Pushp and makeshift annual hatcheries).
The project at an estimated cost of Rs 1.34 crore also includes development of River Biodiversity Park at Sangam (confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati).
This project will provide much needed platform to make the visitors aware of their place in the ecosystem and also their roles and responsibilities.
It also aims to improve visitors understanding of the complexity of co-existence with the environment and help generate awareness for reducing the impact of human activities on critical natural resources.
The task of dissipating knowledge about river Ganga will be taken up ardently in this project, which is 100% centrally funded.
The sustenance of more than 2000 aquatic species including threatened gharials, dolphins and turtles in river Ganga exemplifies the rich biodiversity of this lifeline to over 40 per cent of the country’s population.
Rivers Ganga and Yamuna at Allahabad are home to some of the most endangered fauna like turtles (Batagur kachuga, Batagur dhongoka, Nilssonia gangetica, Chitra indica, Hardella thurjii etc.), the National Aquatic Animal – Gangetic dolphin (Platanista gangetica), the Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) and numerous migratory and resident birds.