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NGT seeks protection of big cats in Kerwa, Kaliasot areas

Bhopal: National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to chief wildlife warden, secretary forest department and inspector general of police (IG), Bhopal seeking details over steps taken for protection of tigers sighted recently in Kerwa and Kaliasot areas of state capital. Green panel has sought compliance to the judgment by October 30.

Tribunal has also ordered the state and the district administration, “to ensure that no disturbance is caused to tigers by people and except for local residents and people visiting the institutions, no unauthorised person should be allowed to these areas and all steps must be taken for guarding the area.”

It may be mentioned here that in the recent years, disturbing the natural habitat of wild animals, many private schools, colleges and universities have come up in the thick forest areas, in the downstream of Kerwa dam and upstream of Kaliasot dam. Because of these institutions, a number of heavy vehicles, including school and college buses ply round the clock in these forest areas.

The tribunal said in its order, "It has been mentioned in the news reports that while pillars have been erected for fencing, wire mesh and net have so far not been put. This need to be expedited and people must be warned and told regarding leaving the animals in their natural habitats and that they should not be disturbed."

According to media reports, tiger T-1 was spotted in Kaliasot area and wanted to approach the river for quenching its thirst but on account of vast number of spectators present, it shied away and returned to the protective habitat behind the vegetation and rocks.

Likewise, in Kerwa area, tigress T-2 has also been sighted and as per reports, is likely to deliver cubs and is looking for a suitable place for the said purpose. However, they are feeling disturbed and threatened by the intrusion of the human-beings.

The Bench comprising judicial member Justice Dalip Singh and expert member AR Yousuf took exception that despite efforts made by forest guards of telling people to move out and not to disturb the wild cats, people do not seem to pay any attention to their advice.

NGT has also cautioned that such situations “can be detrimental to the interest of the people wanting to have the glimpse of the tiger as in a desperate situation the tiger can act in any manner when provoked.”