Wildlife fighting for survival in the Cholistan Desert
Our vehicle was speeding towards Bahawalpur. It had been two hours since we left Lahore and we were going to Bahawalpur utilizing the Lahore-Multan Motorway, where following a couple of hours’ visit we needed to go to Dravida Fort and afterward to the Indian boundary in the Cholistan Desert It was noon when we reached Bahawalpur. There was a short stay in a neighborhood. After cleaning up, they ate and left for Ahmadpur Sharqiya. The cooled vehicles didn’t understand the temperature outside, however, the mercury in Lahore had arrived at 44 degrees Celsius that day. We arrived at Dravida Fort in around two hours. I came here a couple of months prior however it was winter around then, yet today it seemed like I came here in a hot desert. From here it was around 100 km to Cholistan and we needed to go to the Indian boundary our objective was Bijnot. Bijnot is likewise a 1300-year-old post. The post is situated on troublesome courses in the desert around 90 km from Dravid and the alternate method for arriving at it is around one hundred and 95 kilometers from Bahawalpur through Chanan Pir, with around 55 kilometers of the cleared street and the excess hundred and forty kilometers of country road. There is a way, with rises in many spots. Archeologists say that the primary name of this post was Vanjhrot Fort. This stronghold was worked by Raja Wanjha. because of the absence of a downpour, 3,000 tubs have evaporated in the 29,000-square-kilometer desert. In many areas, various NGOs and government agencies are trying to supply water through pipelines and water tanks. In the scorching heat, herdsmen and cattle owners, sometimes migrating to settlements in search of water, sometimes bring their cattle back to ponds made of water pipelines. Many such scenes were seen during the journey in this Cholistan desert.
Due to the lack of rain, there is da rought in the Cholistan these days. Even animals and humans are longing for a drop of water. The natural reservoirs of water are covered with sand. About 95% of the 1100 tubs in the Cholistan area have dried up. Due to increasing drought, fodder for animals has also become extinct, while even wild herbs have started drying up.
As per informal figures, the quantity of creatures in the Cholistan is multiple million, and the populace is 200,000 there are four pipelines, including 92 km pipeline Khaldi to Chuck No. 108 DB, 87 km Chuck No 111 DNB to Nawankot, 43 km Khatri Dahir to Toofana, and 54 km Mirgarh toChorii 24 the hourly water supply proceeds with continuous and these four pipelines are helping more than 34,000 individuals and 60,000 creatures every day, which is deficient for a great many creatures. Five expansion pipelines for supply, including 35 km from Nawan Kot to Gharara, 25 km from DDewarto Kundiwala, 72 km from Kadwala to Banan Chowki, and 45 km from Dhori to Sodka, 27 km from Rasool Sar to Bijnot have been finished and are in trying. ۔
We didn’t arrive at this area for relaxation, however with our group for a significant reason in 50-degree temperature. Our vehicles contained many gallons of water and food and utensils for untamed life we brought these things from Lahore and our emphasis was on giving natural life, particularly water and nourishment for the deer and wild birds nearby, as the focal point of government organizations and NGOs was on people and domesticated animals. Badr Munir, who has consumed the vast majority of his time on earth in natural life preservation and reclamation, was worried about the natural life in Cholistan, so we came here in the searing intensity.
Here we dug pits under the hedges at different spots and where there were any hints of a tree, squeezed plastic compartments there and poured water in them, and put grains under the thick brambles. Be that as it may, I was unable to see any wild creature or bird somewhere far off. To extinguish my interest I asked Badr Munir that we have made significant progress and are orchestrating water and food here however there are no creatures and birds here? He expressed that right now since it is early afternoon, there is still a period for the evening to fall. As the sun sets, creatures and birds concealing in the shrubs will arise. Creatures and birds have been given this innate capacity by Allah Almighty that they for the most part stay where they desire to get water and food. I likewise asked them for what reason we have dug an opening in the sand. “Assuming we kept them that way, creatures and birds would be worried about the possibility that a tracker could have gotten them, yet when they are level with the ground, they would think of it as a wellspring of normal water,” he said. Water containers will not be absorbed due to the presence of plastic containers and are kept under the bushes so that the water can stay for a long time. In addition, even after us, use someone passes by here or it rains, the water will be stored in these pots, otherwise, therein rainwater is absorbed in the sand.
Conversing with local people, it was discovered that because of the dry spell, when people and dairy cattle move from here, wild creatures and birds likewise relocate to different regions for endurance, particularly deer when water and food. When they leave their habitat and go to settlements in search these hungry, thirsty deer fall prey to themselves. Wildlife is fighting for its survival here.
We ought to likewise give water and grain to the birds on the patios and tops of our homes inside the urban communities. Get your children into the propensity for doing this for birds. Make extra bread scraps at home, and put any extra natural products like apples, watermelons, and bananas in the shade on the rooftop, and the birds will eat and implore.
We continued this work till evening. Water and food were provided for the animals and birds at about a dozen places. While spending more or less four hours in this hot Cholistan, I did not feel the passage of time. As the sun sets, Cholistan’s life begins to change. Humans and cattle go to their homes and in these deserts of the Cholistan, black deer, and chinkara deer are playing and the sounds of many birds including swords can be heard. Our vehicles were heading back towards the Dravidian fort and the fiery sun was setting behind us all day long.