Lion translocation: Govt prepares affidavit for SC
The Times of India
Ahmedabad: Gujarat government is preparing to file an affidavit in the Supreme Court regarding translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir Sanctuary to Kuno Palpur in Madhya Pradesh. A committee has also been formed to discuss the matter before the af fidavit is filed.
The affidavit has become necessary because of a petition filed by the Wildlife Conservation Trust, a Rajkot-based NGO. The NGO has claimed that to shift the lions without considering their pride behaviour may be counter productive and threaten their survival.
The petitioner also claims that KunoPalpur Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh is part of the migration corridor for tigers from Rajasthan's Ranthambore National Park moving to Madhav National Park in Madhya Pradesh.
However, though the petition is yet to be heard, the court has asked the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and all concerned governments, including Gujarat and Rajasthan, to file an affidavit in connection with the petition.
Sources in the department said that the proposal to file the affidavit was brought up for discussion before the State Board for Wildlife.
The petition filed by Wildlife Conservation Trust has even made Rajasthan govern ment and the NTCA a party.
The officials said that the effect of the petition was that even the 12member committee, formed as per the April 2013 direction of the Supre me Court which ordered translocation of Girlions to Kuno Pal pur, has decided to ma ke the NTCA and Rajasthan government a party and seek their opinion before actually moving the lions to Kuno Palpur.