Yashwant Sagar

Heronry birds, Yashwant sagar
Lotus farming, Yashwant Sagar
Expansion of Yashwant Sagar

Yashwant Sagar

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    822.9 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    22°48'N 75°41'E
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This freshwater reservoir was built in the Gambhir river basin in the 1930s to provide irrigation and drinking water to the Indore region. In more recent years, it has been also used for commercial aquaculture. This wetland is designated as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) and is one of the most important birdwatching sites in the region. When the water recedes in the winter, the wetland provides nesting, breeding, and foraging habitats for a large number of migratory birds including the vulnerable sarus crane (Grus antigone). Overall, it supports around 239 bird species and 39 species of fish along with other plants and mammals. The wetland plays a vital role in maintaining the hydrological regime of the area and is also known for its beauty, attracting thousands of tourists every year. It is also valued for scientific research.

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District Indore, Madhya Pradesh

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