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Panel nod for reducing area of bustard home,with a rider

The Central Committee on Reconciliation of Boundaries of Protected Area has accepted the long-pending demand for reduction of the 8,500-sq km Great Indian Bustard...

Written by Vivek Deshpande | Mumbai |
January 16, 2010 1:00:26 am

The Central Committee on Reconciliation of Boundaries of Protected Area (PAs) has accepted the long-pending demand for reduction of the 8,500-sq km Great Indian Bustard (GIB) Sanctuary overlapping Solapur and Ahmednagar districts to 1,223 sq km,provided Maharashtra compensates for it by increasing the PAs elsewhere,said Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Alok Joshi.

“The committee headed by Additional Director General (Forests) M B Lal accepted the demand today,” said Joshi who was in New Delhi to attend the meeting. “The local people had been demanding this since a lot of issues had cropped up due to the vast area,perhaps the biggest sanctuary area in India,being closed for developmental activities and even impeded regular activities like agriculture due to its PA status. We will wait and see if the committee tags it to simultaneous raising of other PA areas or frees it immediately.”

The committee,however,rejected the proposal to remove the Jyotirlinga temple area from Bhimashanker Sanctuary in Pune district. The temple attracts thousands of devotees on Mahashivratri and Tripuri Pournima days,with people complaining of lack of facilities due to strict forest laws.

According to Joshi,the rider was owing to the fact that since deduction of more than 7,300 sq km from the state’s total 15,000 sq km area would drastically reduce the PA area percentage (by nearly 50 per cent) in the state. “So,the committee said there has to be an increase in PA somewhere else¿ The committee also insisted in handing over forest areas to the Forest Department currently controlled by Revenue Department as a pre-condiction.”

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People in Nanaj and other areas in the two districts as also the adjoining Nashik have been locked in a fight with the government over the vast area being prohibited for them. The state had earlier proposed reducing the area to 347 sq km,but the Central committee had rejected it.

“In case of Bhimashanker,the committee was of the opinion that development issues can be taken care of without removing the temple part.”

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First published on: 16-01-2010 at 01:00:26 am

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