In order to convey the feelings of birds living in traps, a human-size cage has been installed at Eco Park situated in West Bengal’s Kolkata. The huge cage has been placed at the pakhi bitan (bird park) as a ‘promotional tool’ to convey the message that wild birds should not be caged. At the event where this cage was installed, park authorities also released entrapped birds and butterflies, conveying the message that these creatures must not be put in cages. Chairman of the West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) Debashis Sen and other office bearers released the birds from cages.
As reported by The Telegraph, a workshop was also organised at the Eco Park by the Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS). This workshop was about the birds at Eco Park and the local floral species. Students from the environmental science department of the University of Calcutta were participants at the workshop.
The cage which was inaugurated at the event was golden in colour. Signs that were stuck to the cage were in both English and Bengali. They said, “Don’t take my sky, I want to fly,” and “Birds need no cage.” Another sign at the cite asked visitors not to touch the birds or shake the cage.
Along with Sen, Biswajit Roy Chowdhury and Ajanta Dey, secretary and joint secretary of NEWS, respectively, were also present at the workshop. The report also mentions that officials from the New Town Kolkata Development Authority also joined the event.
Reportedly, the park has become home to migratory birds like Wryneck, Black Redstart and Plaintive Cuckoo. Siberian Stone Chat was also spotted at the Eco Park.
Inaugurated in 2012, the park at New Town has been the home of around 150 birds. Along with birds, the pakhi bitan has also become a home for turtles. HIDCO, Forest department and an NGO came together to release 170 turtles in a water body located at the bird park, reported The Times of India. Speaking about their latest achievement, Sen had said that it is for the first time that so many turtles have been released at one place in the township.