SC-appointed panel says MP is fit to host Gir lions
The Times of India City
AHMEDABAD: The 12-member expert committee formed to oversee the translocation of Asiatic lions from Sasan Gir in Gujarat to Kuno-Palpur in Madhya Pradesh has found the sanctuary prepared to house the big cats.
The panel, formed by the apex court in 2013, concluded its maiden visit to Kuno-Palpur on Monday ."After spending nearly five hours at the sanctuary , the panel members found the atmosphere in Kuno-Palpur conducive to the shifting of lions.Gujarat, too, could not punch many holes in the prepared ness of MP to host the lions," said a member of the committee.
However, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh once again differed on the issue of International Union for Conservation of Nature guidelines. While MP demanded that the guidelines be taken up simultaneously with the translocation of lions to Kuno-Palpur, Gujarat forest officials in the committee insisted that the multiple studies mandated by IUCN be conducted prior to translocation. Census 2015 has pegged Gujarat's lion population at 523 lions.