Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Long term plan to increase number of tigers, leopards in State: CM

Long term plan to increase number of tigers, leopards in State: CM
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Staff Reporter,

Tigers to be kept in Kuno-Palpur Sanctuary

Five percent amount obtained from the non-forest works under State's protected areas will be deposited in Tiger Foundation Society. This amount will be used to undertake works of conservation and promotion of forests and wildlife. State's tigers will be kept in Kuno-Palpur Sanctuary.

These decisions were taken at a meeting of State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday. Forest Minister Dr Gaurishankar Shejwar was also present on the occasion.

CM said, during the meeting that a long term plan should be made to increase the number of tigers and leopards in State. Stern action should be taken in incidents of illegal hunting of tigers and death of tigers due to electrocution. Forest Department should consider tiger conservation with integrity. Efforts should be made to stop loss of life due to their entry in residential areas. Efforts should be made to increase grassland for conservation of Kharmore and Son Chiraiyya. Consider handing over the work of gas cylinder refill of Ujjwala Yojana in Vangrams to forest committees.

It was informed, in meeting that a notification of 21 eco-sensitive zones in protected areas of the State was released. A proposal for upgradation of Bithoula to Gokulpur Marg and Girwai to Tilli Factory Marg in Gwalior District's Ghatigaon area has been approved. Approval has been given to construct speed breakers in areas of Tiger crossings to avoid accidents of wild animals on road. Construction of rural road from Vineka to Borpani under Ratapani sanctuary was approved. Similiarly construction of Nirawali-Mohna road in Ghatigaon area has been approved.
Meanwhile, preparations are on for Tiger Census of 2018 in State. As many as 144 eco-tourism areas have been selected in State. About 1,000 people are connected in State with the close to my heart programme being run for wildlife conservation. For this a donation of Rs 300 has to be made.

Additional Chief Secretary Forests Deepak Khandekar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Animesh Shukla, non-government members of Wildlife Board and concerned officials were present on the occasion.

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