Bor Tiger Reserve becomes inviolate

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2017 09:49:36

Staff Reporter,

The only village Navargaon has been relocated at Khadki recently

With the shifting of Navargaon village from the core area, Bor Tiger Reserve in Wardha district, has become inviolate. Now, there is no human interference in the reserve, spread in 138.12 sq km area, except for tourists enjoying jungle safari in around 20 per cent of the area.

G P Bobde, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Bor, said that Forest Department started the process of rehabilitation of this village in 2012-13 by holding meetings with the villagers that include tribals, Gawali and Sutar communities. The continuous efforts yielded fruits and they agreed to shift after getting convinced about facilities they would be getting outside. There were as many as 311 families and the villagers agreed to shift. The acutal process of shifting began when the department gave Rs two lakh to each of the family as mobilisation fund. Now, the whole village has been rehabilitated.

The department paid compensation of Rs 31.10 crore under Option I and made available alternate land. The tribals and Sutar families shifted at the new site provided by the department at Khadki village on Nagpur-Wardha road while some Gawali families preferred to shift at Bhiwapur. There were in all 86 farmers having 218.75 hectares of agriculture land while the department gave them cost at the rate of Rs 18 lakh per hectare.

The families shifted to Khadki have either constructed or constructing houses at the new site while the department has provided facilities like internal roads, electricity, drinking water etc.

There are 15 villages situated around the reserve. The department has no problem from these villagers as their level of understanding about protection and conservation of floral and fauna is high. They never poisoned any tiger even if it killed their domestic animals.

Shree Bhagwan, who was Chief Wildlife Warden till now, monitored the activities. He had given priorities to shift Fulzari village in Pench, Palasgaon in Tadoba-Andhari, Rohinkhidki and Talai in Melghat in order to make these tiger reserves free from biotic interference.