Zee Media Bureau
Chandrapur: BJP leader Shobhatai Fadnavis recently opposed Maharashtra government`s move to set up a wildlife sanctuary at Kanhalgaon near Chandrapur in Maharashtra.
Fadnavis claimed that the move will adeversely affect the livelihood of inhabitants of around 20 villages in the area.
She also criticised the goverment for its move to hand over forest land from Chandrapur district to Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) in lieu of its land being demarcated for the proposed Koka Wildlife Sanctuary in adjoining Bhandara district.
Fadnavis further pointed out that the state government has failed to provide rehabilitation facilities to villages displaced by Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in the district ever since it was declared a reserve in 1982.
According to Fadnavis, forest area of 265 sq kms under Ballarpur, Gondpipri, Pombhurna and Mul tehsils of the district has been demarcated for the new proposed Kanhalgaon wildlife sancturay and the future of inhabitants in as many as 20 villages falling under this area are under threat.
“Once the sanctuary is established, practically everything, right from free movement of villagers in forest area for farming, collection of firewood, access to water bodies would be restricted by the Forest Department that is bound to make the life of the inhabitants miserable.”
Fadnavis indicated taking legal recourse on the issue of land transfer for Koka Wildlife Sanctuary. “Any attempt by the Government to transfer forest area in the district to FDCM would be opposed in court.”
“Vidarbha is gifted with 50 percent forest cover unlike other parts in Maharastra and we are not prepared to part with them for their degradation at the hands of FDCM,” added Fadnavis.
(With Agency Inputs)