No Plan for Tiger Reserve in Wayanad

Published on: 01 Dec, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News, Wayanad District News

1 Dec 2012

Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said the government has no plan to set up a tiger reserve in Wayanad. He said he had discussed the issue with Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan and she had confirmed that the Centre could not take any decision without a proposal from the State government.

“The government cannot implement many recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil committee as it will adversely affect the public in many districts,” Mr. Chandy said, adding that the government had stated its stance before the Union government.

Speaking to leaders of an action committee at Naikkatty, after visiting three villages on the fringes of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary where a tiger had been posing threat to villagers, Mr. Chandy said search operations for the tiger would continue till the animal was caught.He said the government had decided to withdraw all cases registered against those in connection with an agitation demanding capture of the animal. The government would explore all means to curb man-animal conflicts. The number of wild animals had increased in the sanctuary after the implementation of protection measures.


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