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Mumbai: Versova police station now has a space for sparrows


Mumbai: The Versova police station has grabbed the attention of everyone, but this time not for any high-profile case, but for good reasons.

The senior inspector Kiran Kale has made special arrangements for sparrows in the premises of Versova police station that has become centre of attraction for birdwatchers these days.

Probably Versova is the only police station in Mumbai where the officials have given essential human touch to sparrows, which are on the verge of extinction.

Kale has made Versova police station a favourite place for sparrow by hanging the nests, water pipe and energy-rich seeds to feed the sparrows.

“The mindless urbanisation has deprived the bird of its natural habitat and deteriorated our environment badly. I am an animal lover. The idea to feed these birds came to my mind almost a month ago. I went to the market and brought these nests and seeds to feed the birds,” said Kale.

“Now many people have come forward and gifted nests. Today we have around 25 nests and 12 bird feeders in the premises,” he said. “The nature always soothes your pain. Now I do not miss the chirruping of sparrows when I wake up in the morning. In the evening I prefer sitting in the park and not in my chamber so that I can hear them chirping. It gives positive vibes to me and my officers,” he added.

On World Sparrow Day, the patron of Plant & Animals Welfare Society (PAWS) Saundarya Garg too visited Versova police station and handed over nest and bird feeder to Kale.

“We all know that the sparrow is extinguishing not from India but from the entire world. I request people to first save our forest and think about animal and birds specially sparrows,” said Garg.