Tiger movements: NGT bans construction near Kerwa, Kaliasot areas
Bhopal: National Green
Tribunal (NGT) has banned with immediate effect all building permissions, new
or pending within 1 km from the boundary of forest land in Kerwa and Kaliasot
area due to tigers' movements. The green panel has asked the district
administration to take a call on enforcing prohibitory orders for restricting
tourists in these areas as well.
On Wednesday, senior
officials of the forest department - additional PCCF, director Ratapani
Sanctuary and CCF from ministry of environment and forest (MoEF), director Town
and Country Planning (T&CP) and Bhopal collector appeared before the
tribunal to explain why tigers were straying into Bhopal and measures that
could be taken to avoid man-animal conflict.
NGT central zonal bench
comprising judicial member Justice Dalip Singh and expert member AR Yousuf
asked T&CP not to issue building permissions in the area within 1 km
boundary of forest land.
CCF MoEF informed the
tribunal that time and again National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has
issued advisory for emergency situations like tigers' straying into human
habitation to all state wildlife wardens.
Besides, a standard
operating procedure (SOP) has been issued to all the 'tiger states' by NTCA on
how to handle situations when tigers stray into areas inhabited by people, CCF
said, handing over the SOP to the tribunal.
Thereafter, NGT bench
directed Bhopal collector to convene a meeting on November 5 of forest,
administration and civic body officials to decide on measures that can be
taken, based on the SOP submitted by CCF.
The bench also ordered
to immediately install a police outpost (chawki) at Kerwa dam to prevent
tourists and common people from going there.
On imposing Section 144
in the areas where tiger movement has been recorded, the collector said there
were several educational institutes and people live in these areas. Hence
imposing Section 144 could be difficult. However, he is expected to decide on
the matter in Thursday's meeting with the officials.
director showed the map with movement of tigers of last three years to the NGT
bench. He said that straying of tigers from the sanctuary into Bhopal was
common. But it was the first time that they have stayed back in the capital for
such a long duration of almost four months.
Forest officials said
the reason why the tiger (T1) and the tigress (T2) have stayed back could be
due to mating season, but they couldn't exactly say the reason why they were
not back in the sanctuary by now.