Reports suggest that the dense jungle of Ganga Katri could be declared a wildlife sanctuary as it is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna. The region caught the attention of forest officials when they were scouring it in search of an elusive tiger.
A point worth mentioning here is that the region is in proximity to the High Tech City in Shukalganj of Unnao district, whose foundation stone will be laid by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday.
Wildlife photographers often visit Ganga Katri for capturing the candid shots wild animals. They and wildlife experts suggest that with a good number of animals like wild boar, jackal, hyena, blue bull, hog deer, spotted deer, state bird sarus crane and different species of snakes, this area could be a nice tourist spot for wildlife and nature lovers.
Neeraj Mishra, a wildlife photographer, said “As per my knowledge, 20 bird species exist in the area. Jackals and hyenas are also there in good numbers, in addition to sarus crane.”
Dr. RK Singh of Kanpur Zoo was also a part of scouring team also noticed that Ganga Katri has many wild animals and different species of flora. He also added “Since the area has a vast array of flora & fauna and unhindered supply of river water, it could easily be developed into a tourist spot. Prays can be easily found here and the tall weed could act as an ideal camouflage for wild animals.”
Ranvir Singh, an avid bird watcher and lover of wildlife tours, comes to this jungle every Sunday. He said, “The place is connected to roads. A highway has been built between Ganga Barrage and Unnao on the lone deserted road where vehicles are already moving. The CM is going to lay first building brick of the High Tech City, which is just a few kilometres away from Ganga Katri jungle.” He further said Tourists will surely come here if Ganga Katri jungle is developed into one of the wildlife sanctuaries by the UP government.”
With a good number of national parks and tiger reserves already present in the state, the Ganga Katri, if transformed into a wildlife sanctuary, would help in expediting the government’s objective of increasing the green cover in Uttar Pradesh.