SBWL approves carving out of Ghodazari Sanctuary

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Feb 2018 10:07:58


Special Correspondent,

The State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) has given approval for carving out Ghodazari Wildlife Sanctuary in Brahmapuri Forest Division in Chandrapur district in aits meeting held at Mumbai on Wednesday.

Devendra Fadnavis, the Chief Minister, who is Chairamn of the board, presided over the meeting that was organised at Sahyadri Guest House. Sudhir Mungantiwar, Forest Minister, MLA Bunty Bhangdia, MLA Prabhudas Bhilawekar, Praveen Pardeshi, Add Chief Secretary, CM Office, Vikas Kharage, Secretary, Forest, Shree Bhagwan, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Herad of Forest Force), and A K Misra, Chief Wildlife Warden, participated int he meeting.

Forest Department had submitted a proposal to the State Government for formation of Ghodazari Wildlife Sanctuary. The issue came up for discussion in the meeting of SBWL and it approved establishment of this wildlife sanctuary. The meeting lasted for around four-and-a-half hours.

The wildlife sanctuary will be carved out in a total of 159 sq km area covering Nagbhir, Talodhi and Chimur forest areas. The sanctuary will include hilly terrain, Saatbahini hills, Ghodazari lake, Muktai Deosthan, waterfall etc. Nagpur-Chandrapur road is situated on eastern side of the sanctuary. The area is rich with flora and fauna such as 10/15 tigers, 23 leopards, bisons, spotted deer, sambar, blue bulls, fox, wild boars, monkeys, rabbits etc. The area is also an important corridor for wild animals moving from Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve to Umrer-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary and vice versa.

The formation of this wildlife sanctuary will help provide employment opportunities to the youths from 59 villages on the fringes.

The approval has been given after taking into consideration the development works being done outside national parks and wildlife sanctuaries as per the rules. It has also been decided in the meeting to take one per cent surcharge instead of two per cent from projects causing damages to forest. The package-5 of Nagpur-Mumbai super express way by Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation is included. The government will make efforts to make it carbon nutral and take care of mitigation measures. The meeting gave permission for collection of crab samples from fresh water for the purpose of research taken up by Tejas Thakre.

Members of the board including Bittu Sahgal, Dr Bilal Habib, Aneesh Andheria, Dhananjay Bapat, Poonam Dhanwatey, Kishor Rithe, Bandu Dhotre and others took active part in the discussion.