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    Lakhimpur to host maiden Bird Festival at Satajan Wetland

    The festival will include Bird Watching, Cycle rally, Art competition, Photography exhibition and talks on bird and wetland conservation.

    Guwahati: Satajan Wetland in North Lakhimpur, Assam, is to witness its first ever Bird festival on the banks of Ranganadi river on January 10.

    The festival, organised by Lakhimpur district administration, will include Bird Watching, Cycle rally, Art competition, Photography exhibition and talks on bird and wetland conservation. 

    Satajan wetland is a unique dwelling place for various flora and fauna including 34 species of local birds and 13 migratory bird species.

    It has been noted that several organizations have been trying to privatise the wetland and utilize it for commercial purposes by converting it into a fishery or an amusement park having claimed their Patta land ownership rights over the land.

    It is also claimed that the land was a paddy field prior to the massive earthquake in 1950s. After the campaign by an NGO named Green Heritage, for the preservation and protection of the wetland and with active support of the local people, the Guwahati High court in 2010 ordered the concerned authority to take decision regarding the land.

    Bird Festival at Satajan Wetland : The district administration in association with the Lakhimpur forest division and the NGOs Green Heritage,  Xeujia Lakhimpur Amar Xopun, Assam Wildlife Rescue and Research Organisation (AWRRO) have come together to organize the event.

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    The decision was taken as per the provisions of sections 51-60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005 and section 188 of the Indian Penal Code