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From Oct 1, cruise around Sultanpur park on battery-operated vehicles

The battery-operated vehicles will help visitors get around at the national park

gurgaon Updated: Aug 17, 2017 12:02 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
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The Sultanpur National Park draws many exotic birds from across the globe. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Navigating the lush, serene expanse of Sultanpur National Park is set to get a lot easier as it opens to visitors again on October 1. The park will get a fleet of battery-operated vehicles to help visitors and tourists get around.

As part of an annual procedure aimed at enabling local fowls to breed, the park was closed to visitors on May 1.

A proposal for procuring battery-operated vehicles for the benefit of visitors has been sent to the state government. It is currently awaiting clearance by the wildlife department. The initiative is also aimed at providing safety to migratory birds that come to nest in the park.

Last year, a few tourists were spotted throwing stones at these exotic birds, following which a large portion of the park was rendered off-limits to visitors. They were not allowed access beyond the duck point.

These battery-operated vehicles will take visitors to certain areas from where they can spot birds through binoculars. The visitors will be accompanied by a guide to give them a lowdown on the different species of birds that can be sighted at the park. The binoculars will be provided by the park authority, officials of the wildlife department said.

“Tourists can rent the battery-operated vehicles from the entry gate of the park. However, they will only be able to take visitors up to a certain point. For birdwatchers, there will be designated areas from where they can take pictures of the migratory birds without disturbing them,” Vinod Kumar, conservator of wildlife, Gurgaon, said.

The cost of renting the battery-operated vehicles is yet to be fixed by the department. Officials said although the plan is to procure seven such vehicles, the number could go up depending on the demand from visitors.

Most visitors usually travel from the main gate till the duck point, a distance of around 2.5 km. The same will now be covered by the battery-operated vehicles.

The park’s water body will get 15 lakh fishes this week for the migratory birds to feed on, the park authority said. “We are getting the park ready for the birds. The fisheries department will provide 15 lakh fishes for them,” Shyam Sunder Kaushik, divisional forest officer, wildlife, Gurgaon, said.

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Every year, the park, which is 15 kilometers away from the city, draws exotic birds from across the globe. The park draws as many as 30,000 migratory birds every year.

Among the exotic birds spotted in the park last year were Pallid Scops, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Cetti’s Warbler, Tickell’s Leaf Warbler, Ashy-headed Green Pigeon, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Smoky Warbler, Grey-hooded Warbler, Jungle Nightjar, Spotted Crake and Lesser Florican.

Of the 190 species of birds spotted at the park last year, 90 were migratory and 100 were domestic or local.

At a glance

The total area of Sultanpur National Park is 352 acres (approx)

The total area of water body in the park is 180 acres (approx)

The park is situated 15 km away from Gurgaon

The best time to visit the park is between November and January

First Published: Aug 16, 2017 22:33 IST