MUSSOORIE, June 30
Gangotri MLA Gopal Singh Rawat and District Magistrate Uttarkashi inaugurated the three-day long training program titled “Wings of the Dream” at Gangotri auditorium late Friday evening. The program has been organised by Titli Trust foundation on the initiation of DM Uttarkashi.
Around 20 students will be provided training in the field of bird watching. A nature Handbook was also released by the chief guests and other dignitaries on the occasion. The participants will be visiting Kuteti temple premises, Neem Sangrali, Kotbangla, Pata, Bagyal Gaon, Varunawat Parvat etc here they will be imparting training in Bird watching. Gangotri MLA Gopal Rawat commended the efforts of the DM Uttarkashi and said that it was a step in right direction. He said that we must learn how we can utilizes the knowledge of various bird species and use for employment generation. He said that by promoting eco friendly tourism the empty hands will get employment and they will learn to love nature. He advised all participants to seek training with utmost sincerity and wished them for looking for employment in the field of bird watching. DM Ashish Chauhan said that his priority was to make the resources present in nature as medium of employment. He said that the “Wings of Dream” program was a way to divert the attention of tourists towards the world of birds in the district.
He said that the experts from the field will provide the information about the birds to the participants. He said that variety of bird species were present in the district and they should become expert in the field in such a way that they are able to find new species of Bird in the district. He said that Bird watching was a way to connect with environment and this training program will be a milestone in attracting tourists towards the bird watching in the district and help in curbing migration.
Sanjay Soni from Titli Trust foundation said that due to bird watching 175 more tourists were being added every year.
After Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand is the second state where bird species are found in large numbers. Arunachal has 800 species while Uttarakhand has 710 species. DM commended the efforts of Titli trust in organising the program.
SP police Dadan Pal, Deputy Director Gangotri National Park Sharavan Kumar, Rajesh Bhatt, Ajay Sharma, Tahir Aalam etc also shared their views about bird watching. District president BJP Vijay Santri, Anukriti Chauhan, ADM P.L. Shah, Trainee IAS Namami Bansal, SDM Devendra Negi, District tourism Development officer Prakash Khatri, EDM Vikas Nayak and others were present on the occasion.