AHMEDABAD: A unique Gujarati tradition that stands for compassion towards birds and animals is being incorporated in the planning of residential complexes in Gandhinagar – the birdfeeder or chabutra, as it is called locally.
The Gandhinagar Urban Development Authority (Guda) has been recommending developers in its jurisdiction to include bird feeders in their open spaces or common plots before handing over the possession of the society to the residents.
It was during an Guda board meeting that the chairman suggested to include the request while passing plans of the developers. “The chabutra symbolizes the way of life of Gujaratis and its ethos, and is fast becoming extinct from our lives. The town planning department officials have requested builders to include chabutras when they come to us for approvals. We have successfully managed to convince 30-odd builders to participate in the initiative,” says Guda chairman Ashok Bhavsar.
When asked whether the authority has plans of making installation of birdfeeders compulsory for all new constructions in Guda limits, Bhavsar said, “We can always position it as an independent recommendation of Guda. For making it compulsory the aspect has to be included into the prevailing general development control regulations of our state.”