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(TOI, BCCL, Manipal)

On Thursday, May 12, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot inaugurated the Bird Park at Gulab Bagh in Udaipur, officially making it the first dedicated bird park in the desert state.

During the inaugural ceremony, Gehlot unveiled the stone plaque and then took a tour of the park to look at colourful birds from twenty species kept here.

Forest official Dr DN Pandey and other Forest Department officials informed the Chief Minister about the birds and their characteristics.

The Chief Minister, Forest Minister and other public representatives also planted saplings of five species to develop the Panchavati garden within the park premises.

This bird park has been constructed in 3.85 hectares of Gulab Bagh, which spreads over an area of about 5.11 hectares. Tourism Department has given Rs 8 crore, the Municipal Corporation Rs 1.75 crore, and UIT Rs 1.74 crores for its development.

In his address after the inauguration of the bird park, Gehlot announced the setting up of a Panther Rescue Center in view of the number of panthers in the district.

He also noted that 31 per cent area of the district is forest area and during the summer season, forest workers will be given training and provided modern equipment to deal with incidents of fire.

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The above article has been published from a wire agency with minimal modifications to the headline and text.

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