Friday, April 24, 2009

Gujarat opposes Centre’s plan to relocate lions to MP

Gujarat opposes Centre's plan to relocate lions to MP
Times of India

New Delhi: Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh may be ruled by BJP, but the Narendra Modi government on Wednesday raised serious objections in the Supreme Court to the Centre's ambitious proposal to relocate a few lions from the Gir forest to the MP jungles.

The plan, devised to save lions from a disaster that could wipe them all in one go since they are concentrated in one place, involved relocating five lions from Gir to a 300 sq km forest at Kunopalpur in Sheopur district of MP, amicus curiae Raj Panjwani informed a Bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justices LS Panta and P Sathasivam.

He said residents of 24 villages falling within the identified area were relocated in 2003, but the plan mooted by Wildlife Institute of India and approved by National Board for Wildlife was still hanging. Appearing for Gujarat, senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi said the state's opposition to the plan is based on solid environmental grounds. He said even the wildlife experts feel that lions could not be relocated to experimental surroundings already inhabited by tigers. "You cannot mix cheese with chalk," he said.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Tigers and Lions have had overlapping distributions for far longer then they have not. It is only in the last 2000 years that habitat fragmentation and human caused environmental stresses have caused them to be separate. There is no evidence that these two cats can not coexist. Just as when the Grey wolf caused coyote populations to change habits in the United States the reintroduction of lions may change the habitat usage of tigers of vice verso.

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