Photos Courtesy Nitin Kirloskar
Ropar wetlands are situated at about 70 kms from Chandigarh. Ropar wetlands were formed with the construction of a barrage over the Sutlej in 1952, are an important habitat for certain threatened species in the Shivalik foothills like the scaly anteater and the python.
These are also important breeding places for the smooth Indian otter, hog deer, sambhar and pangolin Nearly 35 species of fish have been recorded. These support a variety of both local and migratory birds like coots, common pochard, red-crested pochard tufted pochard and shovellar.
These wet lands supports 19 species of trees, 13 species of shrub and grass and nearly 15 species of aquatic plant. The wetlands were declared a nationally designated area in 1990 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests. Ropar wetland was designated as a Ramsar Site in February 2002.