Responding to a public utility court’s notice, the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) elaborated its inability to handle the security of birds and tourists/bird watchers that flock to Sirpur Lake, a sanctuary for migratory birds, every year.
The corporation admitted that the security arrangements at Sirpur Lake are ineffective in keeping anti-social elements away from the sanctuary that sprawls over 600 acres.
The civic body informed the court that though it had deployed 11 people to ensure security of birds and tourists at the lake, they were no match to the armed criminals that frequent the area and disturb peace.
In its reply, the IMC also said the lake is surrounded by many illegal colonies, which exploit the lake’s natural habitat. Sewerages from several of those colonies drain into the lake, polluting it and endangering its flora and fauna.
The main reason for the inability, according to the IMC, was insufficient funds to install CCTVs to cover the entire 600 acre lake area.
With growing number of incidents of crime, including murder, loot and theft, being reported in the bird sanctuary, the IMC had asked the police department to set up an outpost in the area, but no action was taken in this regard.
The petitioner, advocate Praveen Yogi, said, “It is very sad that local authorities and the tourism department have failed in curbing illegal activities at Sirpur Lake and ensuring a safe habitat for migratory birds.”
Yogi noted that of late the lake has become a nest for anti-social activities, including bird poaching, adversely affecting the species of birds that migrate here every year and consequently affecting tourism.
The state pollution control board has also indicated that the water in the lake was excessively polluted and harmful to birds.