Assam Government seeks realignment of rail track through bird sanctuary
Realignment of a broad gauge railway line through the Deepor Beel has been proposed by the Assam Government. The idea behind the move is to curb noise pollution and disturbance to migratory birds in the 'Important Bird Area' designated under the Ramsar Convention of Wetlands. Several elephants have been run over on the railway track while crossing the track to often bathe and feed on the aquatic plants in the wetland. The Northeast Frontier Railway now awaits clearance from the National Green Tribunal [NGT] to start the rectification works. They also seek to check the pollution of the wetland, under stress from a dumping site nearby and channels or streams that carry rainwater and untreated sewage from the city.