With the Pench Tiger Reserve facing another biggest assault amid felling of thousands of trees by NHAI, the authority’s double standards and arm-twisting for the expansion of NH7 has come to the fore.
A 5 month old leopard cub was killed, while one other was critically injured, as miscreants set the two ablaze alive near Nifandra village in Maharashtra. Forest officers initially tried to cover up the incident by claiming that it was a road accident.
Activities such as commercial mining and setting up saw mills, large hydroelectric projects and pollution-causing industries may soon be banned in the eco-sensitive zones around the main sanctuaries in Maharashtra
The chief wildlife warden of Maharashtra has issued advisories to the state’s four tiger reserves -Sahyadri, Tadoba-Andhari, Pench and Melghat – to follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) recently released by the NTCA, framed to deal with emergencies arising because of tigers straying into human-dominated landscapes.
The Maharashtra state biodiversity board along with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will soon start documentation of biodiversity, which will be contributed to an international biodiversity portal.