Gujarat seeks Central nod for ring road around Gir

Gujarat on Monday asked the Centre to sanction funds for building a ring road around the famous Gir Sanctuary as part of efforts to protect and conserve Asiatic Lions in the region.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 20:55 PM IST

New Delhi: Gujarat on Monday asked the Centre to
sanction funds for building a ring road around the famous Gir
Sanctuary as part of efforts to protect and conserve Asiatic
Lions in the region.

Gujarat Forest and Environment Minister Mangubhai Patel
made the demand during a meeting with Union Environment and
Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh here.

He asked Ramesh to approve Rs 600 crore for constructing
ring road around Gir Lion Sanctuary for protection and
conservation of the lions.

During the meeting, Patel also requested Ramesh that the
Compensatory Afforestation Management Fund (CAMPA) due to
Gujarat be released as soon as possible.

The Gujarat Government has a total provision of Rs 485
crore for compensatory funds parked with Centre, which
includes Rs 132.63 crore towards compensatory afforestation
and Rs 349.72 crore towards net present value.

Patel said that adhoc CAMPA has been released so far by
the central government in two instalments for Gujarat
amounting to Rs 24.96 crore and Rs 29.16 crore which was
"utterly inadequate".

He also requested Ramesh to release fund for `State
Forest Development Agency` and the `Greening India Programme`
schemes.

Gujarat Minister of State for Forest & Environment
Kiritsinh Rana, Principal Secretary, Forest & Environment SK
Nanda and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Pradeep Khanna
were also present during the meeting.

PTI