Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Prepare to welcome lions at Palpur Kuno: CM

Prepare to welcome lions at Palpur Kuno: CM
Free Press

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, addressing at the 11th meeting of Madhya Pradesh State Wild Life Board here on Tuesday, asked to remove all obstacles  in bringing lions from Gujarat to Kuno Palpur sanctuary. Chauhan instructed the officials to make special efforts to save vulture, deer and Great Indian Bustard.

Chauhan congratulated the forest department and the related staff for Kanha and Satpura Tiger Reserve getting India Bio-Diversity Award. He also praised the team work in increasing the number of tigers in Panna National Park.

Chauhan directed the officials of forests, animal husbandry and panchayat departments to launch a campaign to create awareness about harmful effects of pain-relieving medicines on vultures and other birds. He asked them to utilise the forum of special Gram Sabhas too for the campaign.

Chief Minister said that consent of families to be displaced from Tiger Reserve must also be taken. He appreciated the opening of a centre to save vultures at Kerwan, Bhopal by the Central Government and Bombay Natural History Society.

Chauhan urged wild life experts to prepare an action plan on safety of blue bulls and protection of crops.

 He also asked to prepare a proposal on captive breeding of Golden Bustard in Kuno Palpur sanctuary.

The proposals regarding permission for developmental works within 10 kilometres of national parks and sanctuaries were also discussed in the meeting. It was decided that the proposal of construction of captive thermal power plant in Ratapani sanctuary and construction of steel cyclo would be sent to National Wild Life Board for permission. It was also decided to send the proposal of permission of installing of 765 KV Single Circuit Transmission Power Line in Singhori sanctuary to the Central government. Forest minister Gaurishankar Shejwar, chief secretary Antony De Sa, principal secretary forest BP Singh, members of Wild Life Board and the senior officials of the concerned departments were present in the meeting.

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