Lack of consensus may delay tiger reserve: Aleixo

PTI, PANAJI | 19 July 2011 18:27 IST

Even though the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has asked the Goa government to submit a proposal for a tiger reserve in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, lack of consensus on the issue is likely to cause a delay, a senior state minister said.

State Environment Minister Aleixo Sequeira said this while addressing a youth convention in Panaji.

He said "there are apprehensions about the tiger reserve among the people."

"The issue needs to be deliberated before taking a final stand," Sequeira told a 'Goan Youth Convention on Environment and Development' ogranised by Centre for Environment Education and Goa Golden Jubilee Development Council.

Former Union Minister of Environment and Forests, Jairam Ramesh, had asked Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat to submit a proposal to declare Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary as a tiger reserve, which is spread across 280 sq kms.

Sequeira said there are two voices as far as setting up a tiger reserve is concerned. "One voice says that we want tiger reserve, another says, we don't want," he said adding that the government is confronting the practical problem.

"The opposition to tiger reserve is similar to the opposition to buffer zone, which was supposed to be 10 kms from the boundary of wildlife sanctuary or reserve forest," he added.

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one hopes,the tigers/panthers do not perish like tamil tigers in lanka.

- mario couto, mapuca | 20 th July 2011 12:13

 

What happened to the Madhav Gadgil Committee...? Will the Land saved from complete devastation from Mining activities...??? Tiger reserve could have been one such ploy to put some brake on this activity--leading to destruction of forests, topography of the terrain and miseries to the masses...

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 20 th July 2011 10:30

 

Aleix Bab!! your move seems to be very considerate and logical. okay, why don't you train the locals especially their youth as forest guards and wildlife officials. create an employment scheme where the locals around are happy and also generate an income for the state through safaris!!? you know that why not a mini Africa in Goa,you were there,so why not! also introduce a scheme"Adopt a tiger' we goans should and will be proud of. After all, you are from Raia and so they say in local Belief

'Raikar Vaag'!!!!????

- massimo, GOA | 20 th July 2011 10:06

 

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