Formulate policy to curb man-animal conflict: CM to foresters

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 Dec 2018 08:53:59


Special Correspondent,

Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister, has directed the authorities concerned to form a committee to prepare a draft of the independent policy for reducing man-animal conflict and suggesting measures. Fadnavis, who presided over the 14th meeting of State Board for Wildlife held at Mumbai on Thursday, was addressing it. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, Bunty Bhangdia, Prabhudas Bholavekar, both Legislators, Praveen Singh Pardeshi, Addl Chief Secretary to CM, Vikas Kharage, Secretary, Forest, members of the committee and senior forest officials were present.

The Chief Minister further said that the authorities should submit a studied proposal to National Tiger Conservation Authority for reconsidering the decision to lift ban on eco-tourism in tiger reserves during monsoon so as to enable local communities get direct and indirect employment opportunities to earn their livelihood. The electric vehicles should be used for tourists during jungle safari and the authorities should encourage operations of such vehicles. There is a need for trained elephants for monitoring movements of tigers in the reserves and checking man-animal conflict cases, he said adding that therefore such squads should be made.

Fadnavis wanted that there should be independent veterinary doctors with Forest Department and hence the authorities should submit a proposal to the government in this regard for getting approval. Attention should be given to preserve migratory routes of wild animals from the projects that are covering areas of Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary. A committee should be constituted under the presidentship of the Additional Chief Secretary to the CM for holding joint meetings of the such projects existing there and proposed projects. Such project managements should first prepared plans for mitigation measures for wildlife and submit them to the government in the next meeting for sanction, he added.

Meanwhile, Sudhir Mungntiwar suggested that funds should be demanded from National Highway Authority of India for mitigation measures to preserve corridors/migrating routes of wildlife while undertaking state and national highways in Chandrapur district. The State Government will make available remaining funds if required. He wanted that the time-bound programme should be prepared while rehabilitating villages while expanding the area of Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary.

The natural habitat at Gadchiroli is conducive for tigers and hence the population of tigers should be increased there, the meeting expected. A presentation on reasons for increasing man-animal conflict, eco-tourism and livelihood of locals was also made. It was decided in the meeting to submit recommendations on developmental works in reserve forest, buffer and fringe areas, broad band connection based on optical fibre etc.