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Tourism
White tiger will not be shifted to Madhua
06-02-2013

BHOPAL: A division bench of Madhya Pradesh high court comprising Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde and Justice Ajit Singh overruled the possibility of translocation of white tigers for breeding and conservation purpose from Govindgarh to the proposed 250 acres of site earmarked for an ambitious park in Madhua.

The stay granted also made it incumbent upon the government to abide by the direction of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and National Zoo Authority (NZA) in this regard.

In future, if it decides otherwise, the opinion of erstwhile Maharaja of Rewa, Pushpraj Singh and 19 others, who had filed a PIL challenging relocation of tigers from Govindgarh, their natural home, for alleged petty political reasons, must be taken and they ought to be given a hearing, the court held.

In the PIL, petitioners had claimed that Madhua was unfit for breeding white tigers. The first white tiger was spotted and later domesticated in Govindgarh fort in 1951. Madhua\'s proximity to national highway 27 and 7 and the flood probe river meandering through it made the site suspect for any conservation plan. The court had issued notices to NTCA and CZA last month and sought a reply. The state government submitted before the government that no such plan was underway at present.