Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Reopens
About Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary:
- Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary is also known as Pakshi Kashi of Karnataka.
- It is the largest bird sanctuary in Karnataka and comprises six islets on the banks of the Kaveri River.
- The sanctuary has been declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940 and was designated as a Ramsar site in 2022.
- It is Karnataka’s first and as of now only Ramsar Site.
- It is also declared as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Birdlife International and Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS).
- Ranganathittu bird sanctuary supports more than 1% of the world’s population of spot-billed pelicans – as against a global population of nearly 17,000.
- The endemic and threatened lily Iphigenia mysorensis of the family Colchicaceae also grows here.
- The sanctuary is a famous tourist destination where nearly five lakh tourists visit every year.
About Krishna Raja Sagara Dam
- KRS dam is a gravity dam built downriver to the confluence of river Kaveri with its tributaries Hemavati and Lakshmana Tirtha.
- It was built by M. Visvesvaraya whose birthday is celebrated as Engineers’ Day in India, Sri Lanka and Tanzania.
- The water from KRS dam is used for irrigation in Mysore and Mandya, and it is the main source of drinking water for all of Mysore, Mandya and almost the whole of Bengaluru city
Source The Hindu
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