New Delhi, Jan 7 (Odisha.in) Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill and Development, Dharmendra Pradhan on Saturday inaugurated a symposium and photo exhibition on Chilika.
He inaugurated this unique event titled ‘The Mangalajodi Inheritance”, organised by ONGC in association with Bhubaneswar Bird Walks, at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The objective of the symposium and photo exhibition is to bring together opinions of experts from diverse fields to strategise a way forward towards Chilika – The largest brackish water lake – to obtain heritage status from UNESCO.
Mangalajodi, a village at the northern edge of the lake is symbolic of the immense potential of Chilika to grow as a prominent eco-tourism destination.
The Chilika ecosystem needs to be safeguarded and nurtured, not only for its unique biodiversity but also for its antiquity, culture, and heritage.