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    Assam: Fishing banned in Deepor Beel

    Every year thousands of migratory birds make the wetland a place of visual treat for the bird watchers and tourists during winter.

    Guwahati: Assam Police has imposed section 144 CrPC under the Wildlife protection Act, 1972 prohibiting fishing, excavation and construction around the Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary.

    The section has been imposed from January 1, 2021 to January 31, 2021. The wildlife sanctuary located at the south-west of Guwahati city is known as a Ramsar site under the Ramsar convention.

    Every year thousands of migratory birds make the wetland a place of visual treat for the bird watchers and tourists during winter.

    The prohibitory order form the deputy commissioner of police stated, “Some people from the villages around and adjoining Deepor Beel Wildlife Sanctuary such as Ketopara, Mikirpara, Paspara, Azara, Tetelia, in tandem with people from various fringe parts of Guwahati city are likely to venture out to organise community fishing on 3rd Jan, 2021 and even after that also.”

    “And whereas such venture is absolutely illegal under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, which will also cause irreparable as well as irretrievable damage to the Eco System of the Sactuary as presented by the Divisional Officer,” the order further stated.

    Despite ban on the fishing in Deepor, the locals near the wildlife sanctuary are preparing for week long community fishing.

    Every year, in the first week of January, hundreds of villagers from the areas around Deepor Beel take part in the community fishing in the beel to welcome the New Year.

    Several environmental organisations have expressed their concerns over the proposed community fishing which they feel would threaten the bio-diversity of Deepor Beel.

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