New Delhi, June 7: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang inaugurated the Sidkeong Tulku Bird Park of Rabdentse in Gyalshing district. The inaugural event was attended by Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, Political Secretary to HCM, Secretaries, Chairpersons, Advisors, Zilla Adhakshya Gyalshing, District Collector Gyalshing and other dignitaries.
To mark the day, the Chief Minister also released the unique Blue and Yellow Macaw in the aviary.
The park is named after Sidkeong Tulku, the 10th Chogyal of Sikkim and founding father of Modern Forestry in the State. Spread across 2 hectares, it has collection of 250 exotic birds across 20 avian species which include pheasants, budgerigars, parrots, parakeets, macaws, cockatiels, pigeons, finches, ducks, swans, emu and quails. The park, only of its kind in the state, provide a unique interactive opportunity to the visitors to observe these unique birds up-close and connect with them. The park is housed in a unique natural setting with verdant chestnut forests, natural water bodies and lush green vegetation. Various wild bird species such as barbets, yuhinas, minlas, thrushes, nuthatches, woodpeckers, sunbirds, flycatchers, and others also inhabit this park making it a birders delight. It provides a beautiful landscape for tourists to witness an enriching ambiance of wilderness which is adorned by a plethora of attractive species of flora and fauna. Walkways throughout the park have been created for easy access along with elevated viewing deck over the water bodies.
The park is a perfect destination for nature lovers to witness and dwell in the beauty of wildlife and connect with the winged wonders of nature more closely. Besides conserving several avian species, the park is yet another landmark intervention of the State Government to promote ecotourism in the State .
Following the inauguration of park and brief interaction with media fraternity, the Chief Minister paid visit to Government Primary School Konabar and had interaction with teachers and students en route to Chewabhanjyang along Indo Nepal border.
At Chewabhanjyang, the CM inaugurated the Forest rest house. “Our government plans to open a multimodal corridor through Chewabhanjyang, a bilateral contact point between Sikkim and Nepal, which will open various avenues for the local people and will also aid in the development of the area,” he said.
On its way back, the Chief Minister was felicitated by Sophaka Samaj Kalyan Samiti at Samaj Bhawan, Sophaka. He then interacted with the public wherein the Chief Minister promised to provide full assistance from his end for upgradation,furnish the Bhawan and assured to fulfil developmental needs in the village.
Earlier, CM Tamang also laid the foundation stone for the construction of Critical Care Block at District Hospital Gyalshing.