Press Esc to close
Thursday 17 August 2017
News updated at 8:52 PM IST

Officials, civil society join hands to restore wildlife corridor

Subhash Chandra N S Bangalore: 0:17 IST

Govt declares Kaniyanapura and nearby villages as reserve forest

This is one classic example of how concerted efforts by government officials and civil society can make a difference to conservation.

Jumbos move in the vicinity of an illegal resort in the  elephant corridor. DH PhotoSustained pursuance of the case by a few bureaucrats and wildlife activists has ensured that revenue land, over 5,000 acres, falling in a critical wildlife corridor at Kaniyanapura is declared a reserve forest. The efforts bring to an end the two-decade old issue of protecting the Kaniyanapura elephant corridor - which links Bandipur Tiger Reserve and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu.

Kaushik Mukherjee, former additional chief secretary, B J Hosmath, field director, Project Tiger, Sanjay Gubbi, member, State Board for Wildlife, Basavaraju, assistant commissioner, Kollegal and Manjunath, tahsildar, Gundlupet have together got thousands of acres of revenue land, which had features of forest, declared reserve forest.

“A notification under Section 4 of Karnataka Forest Act has been issued with an intention to provide legal status to this forest patch,” Kumar Pushkar, Chief Conservator of Forests, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, told Deccan Herald. The notification - dated February 2, 2012 - grants reserve forest status to more than 5,000 acres of revenue land to ensure their protection.

Pushkar said the corridor was very important as far as wildlife protection is concerned as almost all animals, including tiger and elephant, use this stretch for their movement. He said declaring such a huge stretch of land as reserve forest was not an easy task. Not doing so would have been a great loss to wildlife as the notified area binds north and south ears of the corridor, he said.

“This area had become a hub of numerous activities. We would have lost the habitat. By declaring it reserve forest, we have secured it for wildlife,” he said.
“This is the patch which connects Biligirirangana Hills Tiger Reserve and Satyamangala forest with Nagarhole and Bandipur,” he added.

The revenue land falling in the limits of Chikyelchetti, Bachalli, Kebbepura, Kaniyanpura, Mangala, Yeriyur, Heggavadi and Kundukere villages have forests that connected the two important protected areas within the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve.

“Despite a Supreme Court order that land with characteristics of forests should not be diverted for non-forestry activities without proper permissions, several resorts and private farms had come up here. Many of them were illegal and had reduced the corridor to a chicken neck in some locations,” explained a wildlife expert who has conducted a study of this corridor.

Sanjay Gubbi conducted a quick survey of the area with the help of volunteers from Vanya and Aranya wildlife groups in 2011. An area of 9,662.3 acres was found to have forest cover and a report was submitted to the government recommending that these areas be declared reserved forest.

Finding that an area of 5,599.05 acres was not diverted to private use, the department officials made a proposal to the government to declare it reserved forest under the Karnataka Forest Act, 1963. This finally led to the notification declaring the area as reserve forest.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
A fruit vendor, holding an umbrella, waits for customers at a street in Kolkata on Thursday.

A fruit vendor, holding an umbrella, waits for customers at a street in Kolkata on Thursday.

Ranbir Kapoor, actor and co-owner Mumbai City FC meeting fans during the Indian Super League...

Ranbir Kapoor, actor and co-owner Mumbai City FC meeting fans during the Indian Super League...

India's Ramandeep Singh in action against Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour...

India's Ramandeep Singh in action against Austria in their final encounter of the Europe Tour...

People from Parsi community cut a cake to celebrate their new year, Navroze, in Ahmedabad on ...

People from Parsi community cut a cake to celebrate their new year, Navroze, in Ahmedabad on ...

Nail artist Murari Aditya, 75 years, shows his 38 inch long nails, at his residence in Kolkata ...

Nail artist Murari Aditya, 75 years, shows his 38 inch long nails, at his residence in Kolkata ...

The first batch of Dasara elephants being welcomed on their arrival at Mysuru Palace on Thursday.

The first batch of Dasara elephants being welcomed on their arrival at Mysuru Palace on Thursday.

: Participants struggle during a greased-pole climbing competition held as a part of independence...

: Participants struggle during a greased-pole climbing competition held as a part of independence...

Activist Irom Sharmila with her husband British citizen Desmond Coutinha after getting married...

Activist Irom Sharmila with her husband British citizen Desmond Coutinha after getting married...

A visitor looks at an art installation, symbolizing the partition of India and Pakistan...

A visitor looks at an art installation, symbolizing the partition of India and Pakistan...

Artist Sunil Paul gives finishing touches on a statue of St. Mother Teresa at his studio...

Artist Sunil Paul gives finishing touches on a statue of St. Mother Teresa at his studio...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523
Powered by Yodasoft Technologies Pvt. Ltd.