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Reorganisation of Chail wildlife sanctuary opposed

Terming the fresh reorganisation of the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary into three forest divisions following rationalisation of wildlife sanctuaries as inimical to the interest of the sanctuary area, residents of various panchayats resented the move on the plea that it would adversely affect the flora and fauna.

The residents of various panchayats, including Chail, Jhaja, Dubloo, Janedghat, Banjani Nagali, Sakori, Hinner and Dhangil, in a representation to the Secretary, Forests, said denotification of 92.53 sq km from the total area of 108.53 sq km of the Chail sanctuary had created a situation where the area would now be governed by three forest divisions.

While the sanctuary area has been reduced to 16 sq km, the remaining 92.53 sq km has been denotified and it has been decided to hand over 975 hectares of demarcated protected forest (DPF) and undemarcated protected forest along with private lands and other areas to the Koti range of the Shimla Forest Division falling in the Shimla Circle, while the remaining 2.11.2 hectares reserve forest, unprotected forest and DPF along with private land, which inhabit major species of wild animals, to the Solan Forest Division falling under the Nahan Circle.

Since Solan and Nahan both are located far from the Chail area, this transfer of control of the crucial area inhabiting flora and fauna to the Solan Forest Division will adversely affect the protection of animals. This will not only disturb their natural habitat but also create various problems relating to jurisdiction.

The rationalisation exercise was notified in June 2013 where only 16sq km area was retained in the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary while the remaining area of 92.53 sq km was denotifed.

The residents were now demanding that the control of the sanctuary should be kept under a single forest division and single circle with the range headquarters being housed locally as was the present situation.Terming the fresh reorganisation of the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary into three forest divisions following rationalisation of wildlife sanctuaries as inimical to the interest of the sanctuary area, residents of various panchayats resented the move on the plea that it would adversely affect the flora and fauna.

The residents of various panchayats, including Chail, Jhaja, Dubloo, Janedghat, Banjani Nagali, Sakori, Hinner and Dhangil, in a representation to the Secretary, Forests, said denotification of 92.53 sq km from the total area of 108.53 sq km of the Chail sanctuary had created a situation where the area would now be governed by three forest divisions.

While the sanctuary area has been reduced to 16 sq km, the remaining 92.53 sq km has been denotified and it has been decided to hand over 975 hectares of demarcated protected forest (DPF) and undemarcated protected forest along with private lands and other areas to the Koti range of the Shimla Forest Division falling in the Shimla Circle, while the remaining 2.11.2 hectares reserve forest, unprotected forest and DPF along with private land, which inhabit major species of wild animals, to the Solan Forest Division falling under the Nahan Circle.

Since Solan and Nahan both are located far from the Chail area, this transfer of control of the crucial area inhabiting flora and fauna to the Solan Forest Division will adversely affect the protection of animals. This will not only disturb their natural habitat but also create various problems relating to jurisdiction.

The rationalisation exercise was notified in June 2013 where only 16sq km area was retained in the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary while the remaining area of 92.53 sq km was denotifed.

The residents were now demanding that the control of the sanctuary should be kept under a single forest division and single circle with the range headquarters being housed locally as was the present situation.Terming the fresh reorganisation of the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary into three forest divisions following rationalisation of wildlife sanctuaries as inimical to the interest of the sanctuary area, residents of various panchayats resented the move on the plea that it would adversely affect the flora and fauna.

The residents of various panchayats, including Chail, Jhaja, Dubloo, Janedghat, Banjani Nagali, Sakori, Hinner and Dhangil, in a representation to the Secretary, Forests, said denotification of 92.53 sq km from the total area of 108.53 sq km of the Chail sanctuary had created a situation where the area would now be governed by three forest divisions.

While the sanctuary area has been reduced to 16 sq km, the remaining 92.53 sq km has been denotified and it has been decided to hand over 975 hectares of demarcated protected forest (DPF) and undemarcated protected forest along with private lands and other areas to the Koti range of the Shimla Forest Division falling in the Shimla Circle, while the remaining 2.11.2 hectares reserve forest, unprotected forest and DPF along with private land, which inhabit major species of wild animals, to the Solan Forest Division falling under the Nahan Circle.

Since Solan and Nahan both are located far from the Chail area, this transfer of control of the crucial area inhabiting flora and fauna to the Solan Forest Division will adversely affect the protection of animals. This will not only disturb their natural habitat but also create various problems relating to jurisdiction.

The rationalisation exercise was notified in June 2013 where only 16sq km area was retained in the Chail Wildlife Sanctuary while the remaining area of 92.53 sq km was denotifed.

The residents were now demanding that the control of the sanctuary should be kept under a single forest division and single circle with the range headquarters being housed locally as was the present situation.

The Tribune (10-10-2013)