Underground pipeline will pass through lions’ home, roads will be widened, SBWL approval

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About 670 Asians currently live in Shergarh.

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government’s State Wildlife Board (SBWL) on Thursday approved several projects such as laying underground pipelines and widening roads in around half a dozen wildlife sanctuaries, including Gur, the last home of Asiatic tigers. According to a press release, in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel in Gandhinagar, SBWL decided to repair and widen bridges over existing roads and drains in Gir, Jambughoda, Purna, Jessore and Narayan Sarovar Wildlife Sanctuaries. Approved the proposals. The Chief Minister is the Chairman of this Board.

The last lion count was done in 2020.

Let it be known that there are about 670 tigers in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and their last count was done in the year 2020. In its 22nd meeting, the board also approved the proposals of Indian Oil Corporation for laying underground pipeline, installation of 66 kV power substation as well as power lines inside some wildlife sanctuaries, the release said. According to the press release, in this meeting, a proposal to construct a new broad gauge rail line through the ecologically sensitive area of ​​Balram Ambaji Wildlife Sanctuary was presented to the board for its opinion.

The Chief Minister advised to study.
According to the release, the relevant proposals will now be sent to the National Board for Wildlife for approval with the recommendation of SBWL as per the Centre’s guidelines. During the meeting, the Chief Minister directed the state forest department to conduct an environmental impact assessment of all major projects like rail tracks, pipelines or laying optical fiber inside wildlife sanctuaries. The chief minister suggested that environmental impact studies of such projects should be done even in protected sanctuaries that are arid. Gujarat Forest Minister Molubhai Bera, State Minister Mukesh Patel, Chief Secretary Rajkumar and board members attended the meeting.

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