Visakhapatnam: The AP government has taken steps to redevelop the popular Kondakarla Ava freshwater wetland in Anakapalli district as a premier conservation reserve and a premier tourist hub.
If that happens, the second-largest wetland in the state will become a haven for birds, birdwatchers, and tourists who like to enjoy the beauty of winter sunrises and sunsets.
speaking to Deccan Chronicle, Visakhapatnam Forestry Officer Anant Shankar said: “We have sent proposals to declare Kondakarla Ava as a conservation reserve in PA. We are working with various stakeholders to make this beautiful place the best tourist conservation reserve in the state.
A mobile application called Kondakarla Ava Mitra (KAM) has been proposed to allow volunteers to register and monitor physical, biological and chemical parameters of the lake using remote sensing and GIS.
A special committee for the conservation, management and development of wetlands has been set up with Anakapalli collector as chairman. The other members come from the departments of agriculture, horticulture, forestry, irrigation, education, tourism and fisheries.
At a recent meeting, Anakapalli collector Ravi Pattanshetty said many programs will be undertaken with corporate participation and using CSR funds.
Raja Bandi, an expert from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Tirupati, suggested collecting long-term data on wetlands for effective conservation purposes. He acts as a mentor to educate local youth and train locals as bird guides to provide them with sustainable livelihoods.
Plantations of coconut palms and forest trees along the edge of the wetland help stabilize the lake boundary, delineating the appropriate boundary and providing benefits to local communities.