BHUBANESWAR: The Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Project which has received the sanction of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) is expected to benefit about 25 lakh coastal population of Orissa.

KENDRAPARA: The Forest Department has banned tourists and visitors from venturing into Bhitarkanika National Park from May 15 to July 31 during mating and breeding of salt-water crocodiles. The department will also renovate five ponds at the Crocodile Breeding Centre at Dangamala within the park, said Prasanna Kumar Behera, DFO, Bhitarkanika National Park.

KENDRAPARA: Women carrying pitchers and trudging miles to fetch water is a common sight in the interior areas of Kendrapara these days. Water crisis has gripped the villages as summer slowly peaks.

Due to over exploitation of groundwater over past few years, the water table has gone down drastically in many areas.

Wells have dried up and tube wells are lying defunct.

KENDRAPARA: Canals, the lifeline of Kendrapara denizens, are now in a moribund state.

Kendrapara, Pattamundei, Marshaghai and Jamboo canals which have been catering to the drinking water and farming needs of people of that area for over 100 years wear an unhygienic look.


BHUBANESWA Much to th delight of nature lovers, millions of baby Olive Ridley marine turtles have started emerging from the tranquil nesting ground at Gahirmatha in Orissa's Kendrapara district.

This marks the culmination of annual rendezvous of the marine species along the tranquil and serene Gahirmatha off Orissa

KENDRAPARA: It is six in the morning yet there is no trace of fishermen at the main fishing harbour in village Kharinashi in coastal Kendrapara.

Instead they are seen fishing in nearby rivers and creeks. Reason: the authorities have imposed fishing ban from November 1 to May 31 in the Gahiramatha Marine Sanctuary covering 20 km off the coast to protect endangered Olive Ridley sea turtles.


KENDRAPARA: With the onset of summer, the authorities of Bhitarkanika National Park have taken a number of measures to protect the animals and the birds from the scorching heat. Water holes have been dug up and curtains hung around pens of animals. Arrangements have also been made to ensure that there is adequate drinking water so that the animals do not suffer from dehydration.

KENDRAPARA: Though summer is yet to completely set in, Kendrapara district has begun feeling the pangs of water scarcity.

KENDRAPARA: Sporadic nesting of the Olive Ridley sea turtles started recently at the three major rookeries at Devi river mouth, Rushikulya and Gahiramatha beach, the world