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State notifies all six tiger reserves as buffer zones

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh government on Tuesday issued notifications for buffer zones of all six tiger reserves in the state.

The notifications were issued in the aftermath of the death of a tigress which came in contact with a live wire in Umaria region of Bandhavgarh recently.

The government has also issued directives to pay special attention to maintenance of electricity lines passing through forest areas for safety of wildlife.

The government was informed about it at a meeting of the State Wildlife Board chaired by chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

Addressing the meeting, Chauhan said a balance approach should be adopted for wildlife conservation and development of forest villages. He said efforts should be made to solve the problems of the residents who were living in forests and its surroundings.

Officials in the meeting said the wildlife and tiger reserves could be managed more effectively through integrated administrative control over core and buffer areas.

They further said a scheme was chalked out to resettle the villages in reserve forest areas.

According to the scheme, out of 730 villages in reserve areas, 192 would be kept intact as enclaves and 426 would be shifted outside the peripheries of those reserve reserved areas, they added.

Out of 112 villages, which would be resettled, three were resettled, they further said. As many as 112 villages would be resettled. Out of these, three villages have already been resettled.

They said out of 109 villages, 85 are located in tiger reserves and 24 villages in national parks and sanctuaries. They informed the meeting that there was a proposal to give Rs 10 lakh to each family comprises three units.

While the National Tiger Conservation Authority would provide funds for resettlement of villages located in tiger reserves, the state government would provide funds for resettlement of villages in national parks and sanctuaries, they informed the meeting.

The proposals regarding widening of the portion of Baihar-Chilpi National Highway 26, situated in Kanha Tiger Reserve, construction of two-lane road of Barhi-Hanumana National Highway 52 in Sone crocodile sanctuary and ten-km road within the periphery of Sone Chidiya sanctuary were put up at the meeting.

The meeting also discussed proposal for construction of four-lane road on national highway 3 of Madhav National Park area and ten-km road on the National Highway 69 within the periphery of Bori sanctuary in Hoshangabad.

Construction of roads within ten-km radius of the southern periphery of Ratapani sanctuary in Obaidullahganj, natural gas pipeline in the areas within ten-km radius outside the periphery of Narsingarh sanctuary in Rajgarh district and construction of Gwalior-Jaipur transmission line in Chambal National Park in Bhind district also came up for discussion.

The meeting also endorsed construction of a railway station at Kanchanpur in Sanjay Dubri sanctuary and a bridge at Umed Ghat in Chambal National Park.