Ramsar Wetlands: A rich biodiversity

The rich and unique biodiversity of the region is an added layer of intrigue to the historical city of Bulandshahr. Located in western Uttar Pradesh and situated in the fertile Doab region, Bulandshahr is richly endowed with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Interestingly, like its many other legacies, the biodiversity of Bulandshahr is curated by the various forces of history. Thus, a critical analysis of elements of its biodiversity provides a unique insight into valuable social, cultural, and historical information.

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Fig. 1 : Bulandshahr on the map of United Province

However, the historical significance of the river does not end there. An interesting feature at Ahar Khadar is the pontoon bridge on the river. Also known as the floating bridge, a pontoon bridge is usually a temporary bridge created using floats or shallow-draft boats which can support limited amount of weight. Most of these bridges are made and used during wartime or emergencies. At Ahar Khadar too, the pontoon bridge is a reminder of the 1857 mutineers’ quick escape to Rohilkhand using natural water ways. Thus, the Ganges plays a central role in Bulandshahr’s biodiversity and history.

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