Rajasthan Forest Department will Start Night Patrol in Ranthambore, Sariska & Mukundara Tiger Reserves…
In a bid to protect the rich biodiversity of Rajasthan, the state forest department will start night patrol in three world-known tiger wildlife reserves—Sariska, Ranthambore, and Mukandara. The decision followed the arrest of one Lacchu Ram Mohariya in Ajabgarh range this Sunday. Mohariya was arrested near Shiri Bawdi for hunting, poaching and possession of illegal weapons. The police investigations revealed that the accused had unlawfully killed a Sambhar deer in the reserve. Likewise, a few days back, three hunters were arrested for killing wild boar in Sariska tiger reserve.
The growing incidents of wildlife hunting and poaching were a source of concern for the government. This is why the forest authorities have proposed to relocate the local residents near forest reserves to minimize human interference in the protected lands. A budget of Rs 40 crores was requested for their relocation. Besides this, the government will distribute gas connections (worth Rs 2 crores) to families residing near tiger reserves. This way, the natives don’t need to explore the forests for firewood. This move is likely to prevent animal attacks, as well. Total 50,000 gas connections will be distributed to families—as proposed by Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje.
Rajasthan Wildlife Conservation Facts…
- Rajasthan is the first Indian state to launch a conservation programme for leopards ‘Project leopard’.
- 300 new Cheetals were introduced in protected reserves to whet hunting skills of our four-legged friends.
To prevent the animals from escaping outside, the government will fortify Ranthambore Tiger Reserve with sturdy 100-km long and 6 feet tall brick walls. Ranthambore was always vulnerable to illegal mining activities, human encroachment, and poaching. The move will preserve the vibrant wildlife at Ranthambore with minimal human interference.
The forest department will appoint a wildlife guardian in every district. They’ll work under district administration officers to monitor local activities in and around the forests. Simultaneously, the officers will plant 60 lakh trees in these reserves to create a natural habitat for animals.