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Updated: 05-12-2018 22:35 IST

Maharashtra Chief Minister

Devendra Fadnavis Wednesday directed formation of a committee

that will frame a policy aimed at reducing man-animal


Fadnavis gave this direction while chairing the 14th

meeting of the State Board of Wildlife at Mantralaya.

In order to create employment opportunities for locals

in six tiger reserves of Maharashtra, ban on tiger reserve

projects would be lifted during the monsoon season, the CM


In this connection, a detailed and comprehensive

proposal will be sent to the National Tiger Conservation

Authority (NTCA), he said.

State Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, public

representatives and senior officials were present for the


During the meeting, presentations were made on

boosting eco-tourism in tiger reserve projects and on

human-animal conflicts.

"The CM directed setting up of a committee for

drafting a policy to avoid these conflicts," a government

official said.

Fadnavis also ordered drafting of recommendations,

which would be sent to the NTCA to boost eco-tourism in tiger

reserve projects.

He said 100 per cent electric vehicles should be used

in tiger reserve areas.

He added that to keep a tab on tigers and for

controlling man-animal conflict, trained elephants was

required and a separate herd of elephants would be used for

the purpose.

Asking the forest department to have its own

veterinary officer to treat wild animals, the chief minister

said a proposal should be prepared to this effect.

Fadnavis said the paths of wild animals need to be

preserved while implementing the existing and upcoming

projects in Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) and

Tungareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.

For this, all projects, including the proposed ones,

should be reviewed before a committee under the chairmanship

of the additional chief secretary of the chief minister. A

mechanism should be developed for the protection of wildlife,

he said.

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