'Swallow pride, find second home for Gir lions'
The Supreme Court has directed translocation of lions to Kuno Palpur in Madhya Pradesh way back in April 2013. Lion expert Ravi Chellam and one of the key planners of lion translocation project says, "We have failed to hold the government accountable despite the very far-sighted SC judgement of April 2013. I suggest it should be wiser if second habitat is in Gujarat."There are two options for a second home for lions and both have not fructified due to various technical, emotional and political reasons. Unfortunately, the Gujarat government seems to be still in a denial mode."Closer home in Gujarat, state government has identified Barda Dungar sanctuary in Porbandar, located 80km away from Gir, as alternative site to Kuno Palpur. The identification had happened way back in mid-1990s soon after the Serengeti lion deaths in Tanzania in 1994.