A new wildlife sanctuary in Sagar will be named after Ambedkar
BOPAL: A new wildlife sanctuary will be developed in Sagar district in Bundelkhand region, which will be named after Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. A proposal to this effect was approved at the meeting of the State Wildlife Board, which will be a gift for nature and wildlife lovers in the Bundelkhand region.
Approval in principle was given to the proposal at the meeting of the State Wildlife Board, which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan recently chaired.
It should be noted that the Department of Forestry has taken the initiative, following directives issued by the Minister of State Forestry, Kunwar Vijay Shah, to establish 10 new sanctuaries in the reserved forest areas of the state.
An area of 25864 hectares (258.64 km2) of the North Sagar Forest Division has been selected by the department for the sanctuary. Its seat will be in Sagar. It is named after Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Sanctuary North Sagar.
There are 88 villages within a 5 kilometer radius of the proposed sanctuary. The land is used for public utility purposes by the villagers.
In the sanctuary, 98,202 cubic meters of timber and 236 cubic meters of firewood worth Rs 42 lakh and Rs 4.96 lakh respectively will be allocated annually. This means that the mentioned amount of wood will be used by the villagers.
In all, 42 officers and employees will be deployed to the sanctuary. Among them, 41 positions of forest officers, forest rangers and forest rangers have been proposed in addition to that of a forest sub-prefect. The estimated annual expenditure for staff will be Rs 1.48 crore.
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Posted: Friday 03 September 2021, 19:04 IST