Prime Intention of the Blog

"People without children would face a hopeless future; a country without trees and wildlife is almost as helpless".

I still remember my childhood days when I used to visit Dandeli a place where even my father started his professional career and also where my most of the relatives were staying.Even though I never brought up in Dandeli no one could stop me to go there since it was just two hours journey from my native. And during every visit I used to get the scoldings from my father and relatives since I used to spend most of the time in forests than in house.So as I grown up my visit to Dandeli became very less except twice or thrice in a year since I became busy with studies but always I had in my mind that I should contribute something to these magnificent forests which inspired me a lot to fall in love with the Conservation.So it is just an attempt from my side to create awareness to save these magnificent animals and landscapes they exist in.If this blog contributes in a small way to achieve this goal I will be the most happiest person in this world.
This blog mainly focuses towards conservation activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.This blog doesn't provide any information regarding tourism and its related activities in and around Dandeli-Anshi Tiger Reserve.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Rehabilitation proposal in store for Bhimgad villagers

The forest department is contemplating rehabilitation of hamlets created from newly-declared Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary (BWS) in an attempt to consolidate wildlife habitat. The department is planning to send a proposal to the government requesting a special package in this regard.Around 13 hamlets and private lands are enclosed within the boundaries of BWS. At present, the villagers are living in harsh conditions - no road connectivity, lack of schools, cattle and crop depredation by wild animals, human and animal conflicts and restrictions on developmental activities in the forest area.
Girish Hosur, deputy conservator of forests, said it was better to relocate the villagers by providing fair compensation packages. Hosur, who prepared the five-year management plan for the BWS and will submit it soon to the government, said the relocation would help the animals survive with larger forest space covers devoid of any interference, he said.
According to him, relocation of the population should be done in phases. The remote hamlets such as Mendil, Holda, Pali and Krishnapur should be taken in the first phase as there are only 10-15 households there. In the second phase, Amagaon, Pastoli, Jamgaon, Talewadi and Degaon should be taken up followed by Gavali, Kongla, Hemmadaga and Abnali in the third phase.
In the management plan, Hosur mentioned that most villagers had migrated to Goa in search of employment. But, those villagers who had stayed back, Hosur said, practiced subsistence agriculture by growing paddy and other millets. Primitive and uneconomical agriculture practices were being adopted in these villages.

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