Chief Minister Baghel inaugurates the works worth Rs 26 crores in Achanakmar Tiger Reserve
Meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board concluded
Approval of the proposal to declare Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Sanctuary as Tiger Reserve
Raipur, June 21
Chhattisgarh Government has steps several initiatives to increase the number of tigers in the state. In this regard, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel today chaired the meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board and virtually launched works worth Rs. 25 crore 80 lakh under the year 2021-22 to increase the number of tigers in Achanakmar Tiger Reserve.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Baghel laid special emphasis on the safe habitat of wildlife. He gave specific instructions for ensuring adequate arrangements of food, water and fodder etc. for wild animals in the forests.
He said that this would stop the movement of wildlife in the plains and there would be no loss of lives and public property.
Forest and Climate Change Minister Mohammad Akbar, Agriculture Minister Ravindra Choubey, School Education Minister Dr. Premsai Singh Tekam, Industries Minister Kawasi Lakhma, MLA and board member Devvrat Singh, Additional Chief Secretary Subrata Sahoo, Principal Secretary Forest Manoj Kumar Pingua, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Forest Force Chief Rakesh Chaturvedi, Secretary to Chief Minister Siddharth Komal Singh Pardeshi, PCCF (Wildlife) PV Narsingh Rao were present in the meeting.
Various proposals related to conservation and promotion of wildlife were approved during discussion in the meeting. In these, discussions were held regarding declaring Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingula Sanctuary as Tiger Reserve. It comprises an area of 2 thousand 49 square kilometers in core zone and 780 square kilometers in buffer zone, thus a total area of 2 thousand 829 square kilometers is included in it.
Similarly, the proposal for laying optical fiber cable in the identified area of wildlife reserve under Bharat Net project was approved. These include Gomarda Sanctuary, Udanti Sitanadi Tiger Reserve, Tamor Pingla Sanctuary, Indravati Tiger Reserve, Kanker Valley National Park and some areas of Bhoramdev Sanctuary. Apart from this, a discussion was also held regarding radio-collaring of elephants traveling in the forest area and release of vegetarian wildlife from various breeding centers and other places in the natural habitat of the protected areas of the state. During the meeting, proposals related to construction of bridge and access road on Gopad river from Etwar to Udhaini road under Guru Ghasidas National Park Baikunthpur and upgradation work of Jagdalpur-Sukma-Konta road were also approved.