The major threat to the protection offered to these birds is tourism. In this case there is a need to probe and analyse the implications in terms of revenue generation for the villagers and the quality of grain offered to the birds. There have been instances where the villagers warded off two hotel ventures that were to be built in an area close to the village. The number of visitors in recent times has gone up to around 10,000 per season.
Visitors can also be a disturbance to the birds when they move to the sand dunes nearby. The cranes are not usually disturbed by passing camel carts and people. However, if disturbed, a single alarm call causes the whole flock to take wing. This spectacle fascinates many people, who then deliberately disturb the birds. An increasing population of dogs and crows is also gradually becoming a serious disturbance to the birds in the village.
To prevent the birds from getting disturbed while feeding, a separate feeding ground was established by the villagers. However, the number of birds has now increased to the extent that all cannot fit here. The villagers are currently considering ways of dealing with this.
New settlers encroaching upon previously open government land and building houses is now hampering the preferred flight path of the birds. This has created tension in the village between those conservationists in the village who want to assure the safety and peace of the cranes and opposition politicians who see the new settlers as potential vote banks. Local authorities have sometimes tried to evacuate the encroachers; however they have not been very successful because of political patronage.