Bhoramdeo Sanctuary to be upgraded as Tiger Reserve

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 15 Nov 2017 10:50:11


Staff Reporter,


The proposal for upgrading Bhoramdeo Sanctuary as Tiger Reserve Forest was taken at the 10th meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wild Life Board chaired by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh on Tuesday.

During the meeting it was also decided to establish monkey sterilization centers at Koriya and Raigarh, approval of eco-tourism mascot “Shyamu-Radhe”, establishment of rehabilitation center for elephants at Tamor-Pingla and installation of solar street lights in villages affected due to elephant menace. The meeting also agreed to prepare a proposal for establishing Tiger Safari at village Surhi falling within Achanakmar Tiger Reserve.

The meeting which was held at the official residence of Chief Minister approved the proposal for fixation of core and buffer areas for declaring Bhoramdeo Sanctuary as Tiger Reserve.

The proposal will now be forwarded to National Tiger Conservation Authority, New Delhi. As per the proposal, the total area of Bhoramdeo Tiger Reserve will be 624 sq km, of which, core area will be 318 sq km while the buffer zone will be 305 sq km. Bhoramdeo Sanctuary, which is situated adjacent to Kanha Kisli Tiger Reserve, has ideal climate for tiger reserve. Also it will give a boost to the eco-tourism in the state. With the approval of NTCA, the Bhoramdev Tiger Reserve will become the 51st Tiger Reserve in the country.
The meeting also decided to establish sterilization centers for monkeys at Koriya and Raigarh districts. It may be recalled that several public representatives had raised the issues of monkeys during the meeting of Surguja and Northern Region Adivasi Development Authority meeting and informed about the problems being faced by people due influx in population of monkeys in Koriya and Raigarh districts.

The meeting also approved the design of eco-tourism mascot “Shyamu-Radhe”, wherein, state bird Mayna sitting on the head of state animal Wild Buffalo, is depicted.
The Mascot will be used in social media for propagating interesting information about eco-tourism. The meeting also approved scientific survey of birds in Chhattisgarh with the co-operation of Bird Count India Institute. On the basis of the said survey, ‘Status of Birds in Chhattisgarh’ report will be published.

Eco-Tourism will be developed on the basis of the survey. According to the officials, several rare birds had been sighted at Kanger valley.

Elephants’ Conservation and Rehabilitation Centre will be established at Taimor Pingla Sanctuary under tehsil Pratappur in Surajpur district by December this year. Experts opined in the meeting that the reason for large influx of elephants in Chhattisgarh is due to destroying of their natural habitats at Jharkand and Odisha states, hence the tuskers are making Chhattisgarh their habitat. In this direction the experts opined that the state government should sign MoUs with neighboring states and Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change. The Chief Minister directed the Forest Minister to take initiatives in this direction.

The meeting was attended by Parliamentary Secretary Tohkan Sahu, MLAs Chintamani Maharaj, Ashok sahu, Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, Principal Secretary (Forest) R P Mandal, Secretary Subodh Kumar Singh and several senior administrative officers.