Manas Tiger Reserve set to regain past glory

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 13:00

Manas: Battered by militant
activities in the early nineties resulting in its listing as a
world heritage site in danger, the picturesque Manas tiger
reserve is all set to regain its pristine glory, thanks to
astute forest and infrastructure management.

Conservation initiatives are going in the right direction
and the park is all set to attract animal lovers and tourist
as it had done two decades back, says Field Director, Anindya
Swargiary.

The park recently organised a function called "Logistic
support for Manas Tiger reserve" that was held in association
with WWF where the WWF officials handed over various vital
logistic items to the park authorities.

Acknowledging that militant activities had taken the park
hundred years back in terms of management system, the park
director said serious effort was make to bring it back to
order.

Although the park was one of the biggest tiger reserves
in the country, its unique location offers a difference than
other parks.

Expressing the hope that tiger population had increased,
Swargiary said recently nine big cats were traced during a
survey by the Wildlife Institute of India while a fresh survey
is underway. Alongwith forest officials, several organisations and
NGOs are working in tandem to develop and preserve the park in
a coherent manner, he said.

The field director felt that as the park shares an
international boundary with neighbouring Himalayan kingdom of
Bhutan, coordination with that country`s forest authroties was
necessary.

Infact only the Manas river running through the park
is the boundary line with the otherside known as Royal Bhutan
tiger reserve.

A meeting between forest officials of the two countries
was held recently to bring about coordination in the effort to
protect forest and wildlife, says Swargiary.

Urging Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), the
administrators of the area, to sanction more fund, the forest
official said a detailed report will be finalised soon
outlining all aspects of preservation.

Council head of the department of NTC, G C Basumatary
says recognition by the world community in bringing back the
world heritage site status to Manas was possible due to
untiring efforts of the authorities.

During the event, Dipankar Ghosh, programme
coordinator of WWF stressed on the need to raise the profile
of Manas in national and international levels.

Assuring all effort from WWF side to help revive the
park, Ghosh congratulated the forest authorities for helping
the park to develop.

Giving a detail account of the activities in the park,
BTC deputy chief Khampha Borgoyary says a probe committee has
been set up after skeleton of a Rhino which was translocated
from the Pabitora wildlife sanctuary was found inside the
park. During the event, eight motorcycles, 20 binoculars,
500 mosquito nets, 1000 shoes, 500 jackets and caps, 500
sweaters, 60 torches and 10 charge lights were handed over to
the forest staff.

Swargiary says plans are on the anvil to develop
accomodation and travelling facilities for the tourists to the
park.

Admitting that of late the park had very few visitors
due to lack of transport facilities, the park director says an
amibitous plan is being made by the BTC to easy acess to the
visitors to the park and their comfortable stay.

Meanwhile, local villagers who are living in the fringe
of the park are being educated and made aware of the need to
protect the environment and wildlife.

"They (villagers) have understood now that their
livelihood and income depends of the wellbeing of the park",
he says.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 13:00

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