“Bhitarkanika” is a land of lush green mangroves and a habitat of migrating birds, turtles, crocodiles and wild animals is spread over 672 sq km in Kendrapara District of Odisha. In addition to this unique habitat, Bhitarkanika’s exceptional bio-diversity attracts visitors to the nature’s lap.
Taking account of the rising footfall and curiosity of tourists, the authorities have introduced eco-friendly rickshaws for commuting tourists in the Bhitarkanika National Park. The eco-friendly rickshaws will not only help in preserving the nature but will also provide a better prospect in protecting the ecosystem from growing pollutions.
Safe guarding the ecosystem from pollution is the top most priority and electronic -rickshaws are pollution free mode of transport. No doubt automobiles have given us a life of great comfort but the major problem is pollution. The vehicles operate on petrol or diesel and cause pollution which may harm the diverse habitat in Bhitarkanika National Park, while the major advantage of eco-rickshaws is that it requires no fuel. It is operated using rechargeable batteries, thus having long life and less pollution.
Bhitarkanika is a prime habitat of leopard cat, hyena, wild boar, spotted deer, salt water crocodile including partially white crocodile, python, snakes, lizards and birds. The introduction of eco friendly rickshaws is a positive step in providing hassle-free conveyance for domestic and international tourists, without harming the rich biodiversity.
Earlier, tourists, mostly elderly people and children faced problem in commuting from the river jetty to rest sheds and tourist cottages inside the park. There was no motorized mode of transport inside the park. But now the eco-friendly rickshaws will be helpful in commuting the tourists without causing any kind of polluting and without disturbing the wild animals.
Bhitarkanika is one such location of rich, lush green vibrant eco-system lying in the estuarine region of Brahmani- Baitarani in the North-Eastern corner of Kendrapara district. The area is intersected by a network of creeks with Bay of Bengal on the East. The alley between the meandering creeks and rivers, houses the second largest viable mangrove eco-system of India