Bhubaneswar: The State Government has decided to establish a new Search and Rescue Centre for Olive Ridley Turtle at Rushikulya, Ganjam.

Shri Anang Uday Singh Deo, Planning and Co-ordination Minister of Odisha, has provided necessary expenses for the work, as the State Government is spending the money from its own revenue.

It is noteworthy to mention that about 50 percent of the total Ridley’s found in the world are seen on the coastal belt of Odisha. In addition to that out of the total sea turtles found in India, 90 per cent prefer the coastal belt of Odisha. Every year, nearly 50 lakh turtles arrive at the coast of Dhamara, Devi, Gahiramatha and Rusikulya for nesting and mating and stay for about six months, starting from December first week to May last week.

During the visit of Shri Jairam Ramesh, the then Environment and Forest Minister, in the month of April and June, it was proposed to set up a Centre for the turtle in Odisha. Along with this two more branches of the Centre will be set up, one at Gahirmatha and another at Devi, within five years, with a total expense of about 52 crore rupees.

It is hoped that the Centre will be of International standard and will be able to draw the attention of National and International researchers.