Many development works were going on in full swing in the Vellodu bird sanctuary in 215 acre lake near Erode. It would normally receive birds of hundreds of species like pelican, kosu ullan, vannan naarai, koozaikeda, periya neerkagam, pambudara, sambal narai, jembu kori etc, from various parts of the nation, besides, Cyberia and Australia, from Sept to February every year.
Many from various parts of the district and neighbouring districts would visit during the season. In 2019, the government allotted Rs 4.90 crore for various development works of the sanctuary and due to corona, the works were stopped from last March and people were barred to visit it.
As birds season has commenced, the development works were again started. Says district forest officer Vismiju Viswanathan“ the works include creation of sand mounds in the lake, strengthening of bunds, erecting small solar lamps, watch towers, small palm trees, small bridge, a rest house for visitors, foot path with gardens etc.
The works would complete within a few months. After getting government permission, people would be allowed to the sanctuary, he added.