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.