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CM holds 18th State Wildlife Board meeting under his chairmanship in Gandhinagar

    Chief Minister Mr. Vijaybhai Rupani today chaired the 18th State Wildlife Board Meeting in Gandhinagar and taken nearly four major important decisions pertaining to the habitants of forests of Gujarat.

    In the meeting, it was decided that the strayed leopards caught in the revenue areas would be stripped with ‘Radio Caller’ around the neck and set free in the forests. As result of the ‘Radio Caller’, the forest officials would be able to locate the whereabouts of the leopards, in case they ventured into the human-habitat.

    Besides this, the Chief Minister also instructed to the officials that after receiving the permissions from the concerning departments of the Central Government, they should initiate process of the sterilization and population control of the leopard in the state.

    Mr. Rupani also instructed to the forest department to commence detail project report (DPR), fixing the spot, and survey at the earliest for setup state-of-art breeding centers with PPP mode for endangered species of birds like Ghorad and Kahdmor in the state.

    The Chief Minister also suggested exploration of an option of transferring the high voltage cables from poles to underground to prevent occurrence of electrocution incidents with Ghorad and other birds.

    Mr. Rupani also informed that the lion census of 2020 would be conducted with the use of ‘Digital Photo Analysis’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’ technologies, which is as a national protocol and were used for tigers’ census, for the first time in the state.

    The Chief Minister also suggested coordination between the Tourism and Forest Department for wildlife tourism promotion of Gir lions and bear in the forests of Banaskantha and Panchmahal districts.

    Dr. Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Additional Chief Secretary, Forest Department, also address the meeting.

    The meeting also made deliberation on the wildlife issues such as setting up underground optical fiber cable in Jessore Sanctuary, using the land of Gir Sanctuary for water pipelines and others.

    The meeting was also graced by Forest Minister Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava, Chief Secretary Mr. Anil Mukim, and Mr. K. Kailashnathan – Chief Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, DGP Mr. Shivanand Jha and other forest officials, members of the board.

    Source: Information Department, Gujarat