Saturday, January 13, 2018

Lioness discovered lifeless in nicely close to Veraval

13/01/2018

Lioness discovered lifeless in nicely close to Veraval

Kaplan Herald - Financial & Breaking News

https://kaplanherald.com/2018/01/10/lioness-discovered-lifeless-in-nicely-close-to-veraval/

RAJKOT: Carcass of a lioness was found in a open well in village near on Friday. 

Villagers saw the lioness' body and informed the forest department. The carcass was sent for postmortem. It is suspected that the lioness may have few days ago. But villagers noticed it only on Friday

 

Chief conservator of forest, Junagadh circle, said, "The incident has happened in range. The lioness is one-year-old and we are waiting for the postmortem report to ascertain the exact cause of death."

 

There are many open wells located in the fields in this region and most of them are 10 to 20-ft-deep. Many a times lions fell into the well while chasing their prey.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Foreigners can book Gir visit online

09/01/2018

Foreigners can book Gir visit online

THE TIMES OF INDIA

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/foreigners-can-book-gir-visit-online/articleshow/62419172.cms

Rajkot: Foreign tourists would soon be able to book their visits to Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary sitting in their homes.

The forest department is in talks with several banks to facilitate payment in international currencies on its safari booking website www.girlion.com to facilitate foreigners who are coming in large numbers to watch 'Gujarat's pride.' It is expected that within a month foreigners will be able to book and make payments online from their respective countries.

 

At present, the foreigners wanting to visit the national park of Devaliya interpretation zone can take online permits only when they come to India and pay in local currency. Currently, this facility is available only to Indian tourists.
 


After the tie-up with banks, these visitors will be able to use their international credit or debit cards on the booking portal to pay tourist permit charges. The Indian banks will convert the foreign currency and deposit in the account of the forest department.


Sanctuary superintendent of Sasan Dr Ram Ratan Nala said, "This facility will make the online process easier for foreign tourists and we expect their numbers to go up significantly."


In 2016-17, highest number of 6,269 foreign tourists visited Sasan, out which only 410 preferred Devaliya.

 

A senior forest department officer said, "Most of the foreign tourists prefer visiting Gir National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary because it only has a virtual boundary. They come mainly for photography and videography of Asiatic lions and do bulk booking for five to 10 visits."

 

On one permit, a tourist in Gir sanctuary gets three hours visiting time, while its just 45 minutes in Devaliya. Majority of foreign tourists come from the UK, US, Germany and France.

 

Gir sanctuary is spread in 1,421 sq km area of which 258.7 sq km is designated as national park.

Environment ministry seeks improved air connectivity for Gujarat's Gir National Park

06/01/2018

Environment ministry seeks improved air connectivity for Gujarat's Gir National Park

Moneycontrol.com

http://www.moneycontrol.com/news/india/environment-ministry-seeks-improved-air-connectivity-for-gujarats-gir-national-park-2477033.html

The environment ministry stated this in its action taken report to a parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forest.

 

The issue of poor air connectivity with Gir National Park in Gujarat has been taken up with the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the environment ministry has told a parliamentary panel.

 

The environment ministry stated this in its action taken report to a parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forest.

 

The ministry has also said that the Gujarat government has also been asked to take action regarding the recommendation of the committee to remove encroachments from around the Park.

 

"Encroachments and construction around the national parks and sanctuaries are in purview of the states. In so far as Gir National Park is concerned, state government of Gujarat has been communicated to take action according the recommendation of the committee.

 

"The ministry has also taken up the matter with Ministry of Civil Aviation regarding poor air connectivity of Gir National Park and requested for improving air connectivity," the Ministry told the panel chaired by Congress leader Anand Sharma.

 

The panel in its 308th report has said that although encroachments and construction around national parks and sanctuaries is in the purview of the states, the Ministry can always impress upon the concerned state governments to comply with the law in this regard.

The action taken report came after the committee in one of its earlier reports had observed that Gir national park is very poorly connected with air and had recommended that the environment ministry should take up the matter with the central and state government agencies so that it can be improved.

 

The committee in one of its earlier reports had noted that granting of licences to dhabhas and hotels being run near the national park needs to be reviewed keeping in view the fact that a lot of garbage is generated and thrown by them in the area.

 

The committee had then recommended that illegal construction or encroachment in and around national park should be viewed "seriously" and stringent steps must be taken in this direction.


 

Now, tourists can book lion safari 30 minutes prior to visit

07/01/2018

Now, tourists can book lion safari 30 minutes prior to visit

THE TIMES OF INDIA

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/now-tourists-can-book-lion-safari-30-minutes-prior-to-visit/articleshow/62396372.cms

RAJKOT: In a major boost to tourists wanting to seen the endangered Asiatic lion in its natural habitat, the Gujaratforest department has relaxed rules for lion safari bookings being done online.

According to the new rules, tourist can now book a lion safari online just 30 minutes prior to his visit. The forest department has also introduced concept of waiting list for benefit of tourists. The visit permit cancellation time has also been reduced to two hours from the present 48 hours.

Currently, one has to book permit online to visit Devalia Safari Park in Sasan.

 

Deputy conservator of forest (DCF), Sasan, Ram Ratan Nala said, "Now tourist can book their visit before 30 minutes. Earlier, a visitor needed to book the visit before 48 hours. We have also implemented waiting list concept."

 

Under the new rules, all waitlisted permits will get confirmed against cancellation on first-come-first-serve basis. The forest department will inform the waitlisted visitor through SMS and email when their permits gets confirm. If permit doesn't get confirm, the waitlisted visitors will be refunded the full fees.

 

With regard to visit permit cancellation, the timing has been reduced from current 48 hours prior to scheduled visit to two hours.


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