Gujarat’s Asiatic lions will be relocated to Madhya Pradesh
BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh
Chouhan has hailed the Supreme Court’s decision for relocating Asiatic Lions
from Gujarat to Palpur-Kuno Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh.
Expressing happiness over the apex
court’s decision, Chouhan said that proper arrangements have been made to
rehabilitate and protect Asiatic Lions in Madhya Pradesh. Wildlife sanctuaries
in Madhya Pradesh are safe and protected. He hoped that the number of Asiatic
Lions will increase after getting a new habitat.
Conducive atmosphere prevails in
Palpur-Kuno Sanctuary in Sheopur district for rehabilitation of lions in
accordance with their health and behaviour like their natural habitat. Madhya
Pradesh government had urged to relocate these lions to Palpur-Kuno Sanctuary
While giving permission to relocate
Asiatic Lions from Gujarat to Palpur-Kuno Sanctuary of Madhya Pradesh, the
Supreme Court has observed that this specie is on the verge of extinction and
needs a new habitat.
In its decision, the bench comprising
Justice S Radhakrishnan and Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad has given six
months’ time to wildlife authorities to relocate these lions. At present, there
are about 400 Asiatic Lions in Gir sanctuary of Gujarat.