Long term plan to increase number of tigers and leopards in state
Bhopal. 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 today. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar was also present on the occasion.
He 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 told on the occasion 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.
It was informed at the meeting that preparations are on for Tiger Census of 2018 in state. As many as 144 eco-tourism areas have been selected in state. About 1000 people are connected in state with the Close to my heart programme being run for wildlife conservation. Chouhan and Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar are connected to this campaign. For this a donation of Rs 300 has to be made.