Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

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News : The NGT September 18 directed that a joint committee be constituted to look into the illegal constructions within Agra district’s Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary. 

  • The committee would consist of the chief wildlife warden of Uttar Pradesh and nominees of the National Board for Wildlife and the forest division of MoEF&CC.

 

Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary

  • It is a bird sanctuary located very close to Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
  • It has been named after Soordas – the great poet of Hindi literature, who was born blind and whose place of birth is said to be within the boundary of this sanctuary.
  • Within the sanctuary there is a large fresh water wetland, popularly known as Keetham jheel, covering area of 2.25sq km.
  • Besides supporting numerous resident and migratory birds, it has the biggest Bear Rescue centre in India for rescued dancing bears.

 

Recognitions:

  • It was declared a Bird Sanctuary in 1991.
  • Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary is listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and is a proposed Ramsar site.
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