Chandigarh: The Punjab Wildlife Department and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWFN) have completed a survey as a consequence of which 15 Male and Female Gharials would be released in the Beas belt in February-March 2016.
Notably, The gharial (Gavialis gangeticus), also known as the gavial, and the fish-eating crocodile, is a crocodilian of the family Gavialidae, native to the Indian Subcontinent.
Stating this, an official spokesperson said that this Endeavour is part of the plan of the State Government to make Beas Belt, near Harike Patan, a habitat of Gharials . The spokesperson further said that this would give impetus to the area in emerging as a major tourist destination.
The spokesperson further elaborated that experts from the WWFN have planned to release Gharials near Village Karmowal in beas belt as they have found this area has water bodies in ample measures with sand banks thereby making it suitable for being developed as habitat for these animals. The spokesperson said that a close watch would be kept on Gharials after being released and after the success of the initial phase, more Gharials would be released.
Divulging more details, the spokesperson said that Harike Patan water Bodies have 15 Dolphins, besides having various varieties of Wild Boars, Cat and Fish making this region a perfect site for promoting and developing wildlife.