Sonali Ghosh, deputy inspector general of the forest department and an official with the Central Zoo Authority, was investigating. It was as a result of this that the huge wooden room attracted attention. The husband of the head of the Uttarakhand Forest Force, Rajeev, told the Times of India that a report had been requested within a week.
In 2019, the state of Uttarakhand decided to launch its first tiger safari project for tourists in order to promote tourism. Permission was also obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Forests as part of the project.
Through the Tiger Safari Project, tourists can get a closer look at the tiger and learn more about its way of life. Also, many wildlife photographers visit the tiger sanctuary every year.
As the largest animal in the genus Marjara, there are many people who come to know the characteristics of the tiger’s life. In view of all this, the Uttarakhand government decided to go ahead with the tiger safari.
The trees will have to be cut down if the project is to be implemented. Therefore, the state government had said that 163 trees needed to be felled. The project is called Pakro Safari. After seeing the green flag, work on the project began.
That is why a petition will be filed with the NTCA on August 26 of this year. The petitioner was Gaurav Bansal, a Supreme Court attorney and public figure. He alleged that Corbett had cut down trees in the National Tiger Reserve for the safari. It was alleged that 10,000 trees were cut down, not the 163 trees mentioned by the state government.
The petition seeks the revocation of the approval granted to the project by the Central Zoo Authority and the NTCA.
“The project spans 106 hectares. At least 10,000 trees have been cut down to make way for the safari project. This is a violation of a Supreme Court order that the Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that the state or any Another person or group should not cut down trees under any circumstances, ”said Bansal.
Bansal’s complaint alleges that he needed a certificate of authorization to carry out non-forestry activities on the lands of the Pakro or Sonanadi Range block in Corbett National Park. According to the Forest Conservation Law of 1980, authorization must be obtained from the Forestry Advisory Committee.
The Uttarakhand Forest Department had assured the FAC in writing that only 163 trees would be felled for the project. Consequently, permission was granted to implement the project, ”the complaint says.
But Kisan Chand, a divisional forestry officer in Kalagar, argues that these are just accusations. According to Kishan Chand, only 163 trees marked by Forest Corporation have been cut down for the tiger safari project.
At the same time, a forest department official said between 10,000 and 12,000 trees had been cut down to make way for the project. He admits that they already knew that so many trees would have to be cut down.
All high-ranking officials knew that thousands of trees would have to be cut down to implement the plan. Official sources said that if the trees were not cut down, the project would probably not go ahead.
On July 6, Rahul, the director of the Corbett Tiger Reserve, wrote a letter to the subdivision officer saying that the safari project was legal.
This tiger safari project was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is also the most important project of the state government. Therefore, all work, including logging, must be done in accordance with the law. The country’s important project should never be discussed, ”the letter said.
[Compiled by ശ്രുതി സി.ആർ]