Harike Wetland

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Overview:

Migratory birds from different countries have started arriving at Punjab's Harike wetland.

About Harike Wetland:

  • Harike wetland, spread over 86 square kilometers in Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, and Kapurthala districts, serves as a home to rare species of migratory water birds during the winter season.
  • Harike Wetland also known as "Hari-ke-Pattan", with the Harike Lake in the deeper part of it, is the largest wetland in northern India.
  • The wetland and the lake were formed by constructing the headworks across the Sutlej river in 1953.
    The headworks is located downstream of the confluence of the Beas and Sutlej rivers just south of Harike village.
  • It has been designated as one of the Ramsar sites in India.
  • Apart from the Harike wetland, migratory water birds also arrive at Keshopur Miani wetland, Nangal wetland, Ropar wetland, Kanjli wetland and Beas river wetland in Punjab.

 


Source : The Hindu