Amusement park flags off awareness programme
STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
Durgapur, 6 January
Followed by the increase in the number of venomous snakes, a multi-crore private operated amusement park here today flagged off a snake awareness programme.
The park is owned by the Steel Authority of India, a Central Public Sector Undertaking.
The park is being run by amusement park major Exalt since four years.
Its director, Mr Debashis Roy said: “Varieties of venomous snakes are appearing here and there in the park gardens and the water body. Many of the revellers are getting panic-stricken., though none has been bitten by the venomous snakes in recent past.”
Still, the authority felt the necessity to hold open-air workshops round the season as according to Mr Roy: “Many of the revellers, being frightened were attacking the reptiles causing them injury.”
Veteran snake lover, Mr Amitabha Roy, and Mr Debashis Majumdar have camped in the park bringing 18 varieties of venomous and non-venomous snakes to make visitors aware about the reptiles.
Mr Majumdar said: “Crates, boas are common venomous breeds visible in and around Durgapur. Most of the times they sneak into the domestic quarters here. I receive at least 1500 phone calls in a year from the local residents to help rescue trapped snakes inside domestic quarters.”
Mr Roy, the veteran snake lover said: “We are planning to set up a mini sanctuary across the sprawling 80 acres of this park."