Man and nature existing in symphony is the most appealing fact of life. A paradoxical existence of man and nature is the most intriguing fact. This is the scenario at Hazira, one of Gujarat’s prominent industrial belts.
A 20-km stretch lining major industries with Arabian Sea on the edge and the river Tapi on either side is a mesmerising sight to behold. You come across the facilities of ONGC, Reliance, L&T, NTPC, Kribhco, Essar, Shell, Adani, and Gujarat Gas – all in a straight line or at a right angle over a distance of 25 km. Bordered by state high way and port, he stretch is a nightmare with heavy vehicles rushing on one side and ships and cargo carriers cruising along on the other side.
Even in the din and bustle, one surprising spectacle a visitor could enjoy is the number of birds seen all around. Prominent industrialists and the government have built townships and have taken adequate interest in developing the flora and fauna in the region. This could be one of the reasons why so many birds are seen every season.
The winter, as usual, had seen Blue Throat, Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark, Coppersmith Barbet, Desert Wheatear, Greenshank, Herring Gull, Purple Heron, Stonechat, White Eared Bulbul, White Wagtail and Yellow Wagtail flock the region.
Some of them have flown in from far off Europe and when northern India experiences bitter cold conditions, they can be seen coming over to lesser harsher areas.
Everyday life is coloured with roaming peacocks, Green Bee Eaters, Robins, Brahminy Starlings, Egrets, Booted Warblers, Ibis, Drongos, Baya Weaver, Owls , Asian Paradise Fly Catcher, Lapwings, Koels, Hoopoes, Grey Headed Starlings. Around 80 varieties of birds come calling to this area to set up life along with the industry workers and the common man.
According to Rtd. Col. Kannan, senior executive at Essar Steel Plant, the stringent rules of the government and eco-friendly plans of the industries in maintaining the eco- friendly environment are the reasons for this large number of birds still found in Hazira.
A stroll through any of these splendidly created townships reminds you of the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary or the Mysore Bird Sanctuary. The authorities have utmost taken care to green up the environment.
If such efforts can retain the flora and fauna, the question that calls for an answer is whether one needs to stand up against development. If care is taken to let the birds, animals and the plants coexist with man, there isn’t any harm, right?
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