World Turtle News, 10/06/2017
Turtle sanctury to be created in Allahabad, India
Amid uncertainty over the fate of existing turtle sanctuary in Varanasi, the government has given its go ahead for setting up a new centre to conserve this aquatic creature in Allahabad.
Idea of this project – called ‘Developing River Biodiversity Park and Turtle Conservation Programme’ – along Ganga-Yamuna river system in Allahabad is to protect rich aquatic biodiversity of both the rivers and preserve all those species which act as natural cleaning agents.
Turtles, being carnivorous, can help scavenge half-burnt corpses and naturally aid in cleaning the river water.
The project, approved by the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG), includes a Turtle Rearing Centre (permanent nursery at Triveni Pushp and makeshift annual hatcheries) in Allahabad. It also includes setting up a river biodiversity park at Sangam (confluence of the rivers Ganga, Yamuna and mythical Sarasvati).
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