forest officers gear up to ensure compliance guidelines in national park

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2017 11:05:00

Staff Reporter,

SUBSEQUENT to the stringent action taken by Central Zoo Authority over ECZ norms violations now forest officials are geared up to ensure the compliance guidelines in national parks .‘Bhopal Run’ was organised at Van Vihar National Park vicinity on December 4 last year and hundreds of runners had participated in the marathon. The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has created Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZs) around protected areas to prevent ecological damage caused due to developmental activities around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.

ESZ also ensures that, these areas act as ‘shock absorbers’ to the protected areas by regulating and managing the activities around such areas. As per guidelines, it is prerequisite that an inventory of different land use patterns and the different types of activities, types and number of industries operating around each of the protected areas be made.The basic aim is to regulate certain activities around National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries so as to minimise the negative impacts of such activities on the fragile ecosystem encompassing the protected areas.

In a petition filed at Green Panel, a detailed report has been sought over reducing the extent of Ecosenstive Zone (ESZ) for the ESZ proposal Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary. Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary, a popular tourist destination of Madhya Pradesh, is covered with an area of about 288 square kilometres. Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Bari Tehsil of Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh.

The entire area of the Singhori Wildlife Sanctuary is hilly and consists of hills, plateau, valleys, forges and plains at places.There are two main streams in the sanctuary that is Ghoghara river and Barna river. Bhadaria Kund in Ghoghara river is permanent water source for the wildlife. The headquarter is Bari, which is situated on National Highway 12 that is 205 km away north from Jabalpur on the way to Bhopal. As it is one of the most favourite tourist spot tourist influx in this region is kept quite especially in winter. But it was alleged that ESZ of this sanctuary has been curbed by State Forest Department.