Tiger conservation plan delayed due to lack of funds

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jan 2018 11:35:37


By Ankita Garg,

Forest Department failed to start two major projects, including e-surveillance tower and fencing, under tiger conservation plan in Kerwa and Kaliyasot region due to lack of funds. The department has sought Rs 4 crore from Government one year back to start the project.

According to forest officials, the department has sought Rs 1.10 crore for setting up e-surveillance tower in Kaliyasot region to track the big cats moving out in residential areas. Moderated cameras installed on this tower help to track the big cats in 10 kilometre of the area. Rs 3 crores have been sought by the department to do fencing of 14 kilometre of area around Kaliyasot jungles that connects the residential areas. Large number of tigers moves out in residential areas searching water and food especially in summer season.

Fencing of border areas that connect forest and residential villages has been planned to prevent animals from entering them. After fencing these areas, tigers would not be able to cross the area and they would be engage in their jungle areas only. Forest Department would also arrange a few more water holes and herbivorous animals inside the jungle for facility of tigers.

“There is proposal of covering border areas and setting up few more e-surveillance towers in Kerwa and Kaliyasot for preventing animals movement in residential areas.
The project is getting delayed in lack of fund,” said Alok Kumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (APCCF).

There are about 8 to 10 tigers active around Bhopal jungles including Kerwa, Kaliyasot, Mendora, Sanskar Valley, 13 Shutter Gate, Jagran Lakecity, Bhanpur and Khakardol areas. In summer season, these big cats move towards residential areas in search of water and food which created man-animal conflict situations.

It also brings the big cats in danger as poachers are also active around the jungle. To cope up with all these situations, Forest Department has planned to cover up the border area of jungle and residential areas with wire fencing so that animal could not move out. A survey regarding the project has been also conducted by the forest team. In its survey report it was revealed that forest areas very close to residential villages are open in 14 kilometre of area. In these areas big cats usually move out and enter to the villages. Several incidents have been reported in Kerwa, Kaliyasot, Samasgarh, Samardha, Valmi, Mindora and other areas where bog cats have attacked the cattle or villagers. Tiger T-121 and tigress T-123 are quite active in Kaliyasot, Valmi to 13 Shutter Gate, Sanskar Valley School, Mother Bull farm, Rasuliya, Samaspura, Khakardol and other nearby areas. Tiger T-1 has also marked his come back from Ratapani.