Mysore, June 4 (Mallesh&DM)- Mumbai-based Wildlife Conservation Trust has presented eight jeeps for wildlife conservation in Bandipur and Nagarahole National parks. The Trust’s Project Director Aneesh Andheria handed over the eight new ultra modern jeeps to the State Forest Department Principal Secretary Meera Saxena, after performing puja at a simple function organised at Aranya Bhavan in Ashokapuram here yesterday.

Speaking on the occasion, Aneesh Andheria said the Trust has provided useful materials for the conservation of wildlife in 14 National Parks across the country including Gir, Sunderbans and Khandwa tiger reserves.

Cricketer and State Wildlife Conservation Consultative Committee Vice-President Anil Kumble, who also spoke, said after assuming office six months ago, he visited Bandipur and Nagarahole National Parks and submitted a report. A proposal will be sent to the Government within a fortnight appealing to take more appropriate measures for wildlife conservation in National Parks jurisdiction.

Aneesh Andheria was feted by the forest department. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests B.K. Singh, Project Tiger Director B.J. Hosmath, Nagarahole DCF Vijay Ranjan Singh, Bandipur DCF Dr. K.T. Hanumanthappa, Mysore DCF Sashwathi Mishra and others were present.

Kumble's appeal to reduce elephant-man conflict

Mysore, June 4 (DV) -Cricketer Anil Kumble, who is also Vice-President of the State Wildlife Conservation Consultative Com-mittee, said he had written to Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa seeking more grants for 'Project Elephant Corridor' as well as fencing reserve forest boundaries powered by solar power, to reduce to a great extent elephant-man conflict that has led to fatalities on both sides.

Speaking to the press here on Thursday at Aranya Bhavan, Kumble said that he had visited the wildlife sanctuaries of Nagarahole, Bandipur as well as reserve forests in the past 6 months and had taken note of the increasing frequency of man-elephant conflict that had led to death of both elephants and man.

Kumble also said that where it was possible to erect solar powered electric fence it would be done and for this additional grant would be needed. He said that he had urged the CM to grant Rs. 5 crore for erection of solar powered fencing at Nagarahole Project Tiger Wildlife Sanctuary.

Kumble said that he had a proposal that envisaged cricketers and other celebrities staying at forest guest houses to not only experience living in the jungle but so that they can talk about their experiences to others and thus create an awareness about the need to preserve and protect the forests.

800 forest guards to be appointed

Meena Saxena, Secretary, Department of Forests and Environment, who was also present, said that 800 posts of forest guards would be filled up soon.

She said four tigers had been found dead in Nagarahole and Bandipur forests. Two of them died of natural causes while two tigers had died after being trapped.

Poaching too had come down with the arrest of a gang of poachers, said PCCF B.K. Singh.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore