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194 crocodiles shifted from lake near Statue of Unity—here’s why

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The Gujarat government has shifted 194 crocodiles from the Panchmuli lake near the Statue of Unity to two rescue centres in Gandhinagar and Godhra. While 143 crocodiles were shifted in 2019-2020, 51 more crocodiles were shifted to the rescue centres in 2020-21. There are still many crocodiles in the water body, which is also known as “Dyke-3”.

Crocodiles shifted to ensure tourist safety

The crocodiles have been shifted keeping in mind the safety of visitors who prefer to enjoy boat rides in the Panchmuli lake. The boat ride is a major tourist attraction in the area and witnesses a heavy rush of visitors, especially during weekends. Notably, the lake had a large number of crocodiles that were a threat to the visitors who throng in large numbers to visit the world’s tallest statue that was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 31, 2018.

Seventy-three rescued crocodiles were released in the Sardar Sarovar reservoir in 2019-20. The animals rescued later from the lake were shifted to the rescue centres at Godhra in Panchmahal district, and Gandhinagar.

Around 60 cages are placed around the lake to trap the crocodiles. The part of the lake where seaplanes land is completely safe. Notably, seaplane service has been started for tourists between Ahmedabad and Kevadia.

The Gujarat State Forest Development Corporation Ltd (GSFDC) started the boat ride in Panchmuli lake in 2019. The lake is rich in flora and fauna and surrounded by lush green forests and the boat ride was part of the eco-tourism activity in the region surrounding the Statue of Unity.

 

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