10 rhinos to be brought from Assam & West Bengal to U’khand
The Corbett tiger reserve is famous for its tigers and elephants. However, in the not too distant future, rhinoceros will also become part of the wildlife in this famous forest destination. This is because Uttarakhand will reintroduce the rhinoceros in Corbett tiger reserve on an experimental basis. This and other decisions were taken in the 14th meeting of the state wildlife board chaired by chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat here on Tuesday.
In a presentation made in the meeting, it was stated that the geographical and ecological features of Corbett are suitable for the rhino. There is zero possibility of human-wildlife conflict involving the rhino and this herbivore also proves beneficial for other creatures. Reintroduction of the rhinoceros in Corbett will also boost tourism activities substantially. Considering this, the state wildlife board approved the experimental reintroduction of the rhino in Corbett. Officials informed that for this purpose, a crash of 10 rhinos will be brought from Assam and West Bengal for the project costing Rs four crore.
It was also decided in the meeting that a study will be conducted to ascertain the maximum carrying capacity for tigers and elephants in Rajaji national park. Further, as in the case of Himachal Pradesh, a proposal will be sent by Uttarakhand to the centre for declaring monkeys vermin.It was also decided that construction of route on the historical Gartang Gali trail in Gangotri national park will be undertaken while retaining the original form of the trail which was used for the Indo-Tibet trade. It was also decided in the meeting that voluntary village protection force should be formed soon in villages affected by human-wildlife conflict. The help of Yuvak Mangal Dal, Mahila Mangal Dal and Van Panchayats should be taken to stop the use of illegal methods for catching fish. Priority should be accorded to provide solar lights and basic facilities like toilets as per the regulations in villages near protected areas. Those resettled from protected areas to other locations should enjoy the same rights they had on their earlier lands. A proposal for this will be sent to the Government of India. The State’s Forest and Wildlife minister Harak Singh Rawat and other officials concerned were also present in the meeting.
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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