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BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh authorities is in no temper to shut any of its tiger reserves, sanctuaries and nationwide parks for vacationers.
National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has on Tuesday requested all states to shut down tiger reserves, nationwide parks, and sanctuaries until its additional orders citing Covid-19 an infection as cause behind dying of a lioness inside a zoo in Chennai.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has determined to request the Union ministry of surroundings, forests and local weather change (MOEFCC) to rethink NTCA’s order following objections raised by high wildlife and forest officers right here, stated sources.
Principal secretary (forest division) Ashok Barnwal instructed TOI that the state authorities has initiated correspondence to get NTCA’s order revoked.
“Holding tourism activities in these areas would only create man-animal conflict situations around the national parks and tiger reserves. We are communicating with the centre for reconsideration of NTCA’s order. Till that time, tourism activities would continue,” stated the officer.
Tourism actions resumed right here on June 1 and have been scheduled to proceed until 30th. Hundreds of individuals have already reserved their lodges and safaris throughout tiger reserves in Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura and Panna.
Many senior forest officers together with subject administrators have opposed NTCA’s order. They have made a illustration to the federal government towards this.
“We have remained shut for long as a precautionary measure during the pandemic, but not anymore without a logical reason. Just think about the people who were dependent only on tourists,” stated an IFS officer wishing to not be quoted.
“None of the samples despatched from the reserves have examined optimistic for COVID19 thus far. Moreover, who goes nearer to tigers or another animals throughout safaris? If the order is for the zoo, it’s okay. But it shouldn’t be relevant within the wild,” he claims.
NTCA order reads, “As per the information studies, a lioness in Vandalur zoo, Chennai is suspected to have died on account of Covid-19 an infection and several other different lions of the identical zoo have been examined optimistic for SARS COV-2,”.
This newest occasion of zoo animals getting contaminated by Covid-19 as soon as once more signifies the excessive chance of illness transmission from affected human beings to captive wild animals. An analogous transmission can also occur in tiger reserves, says a letter from Rajendra G Garawad, Deputy Inspector General of Forests (NTCA) to all states.
“In view of this, it is once again reiterated that for preventing the possible transmission of Covid-19 from human beings to wild tigers and other wildlife, all Tiger Reserves under your jurisdiction need to be closed for tourism activities until further orders” he wrote including “Further, all other instructions issued vide letters quoted under reference need to be followed in letter and spirit and action taken in this regard may kindly be communicated to this Authority at the earliest”.

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