Maha gets 18 new wildlife reserves, 7 proposed sanctuaries

Maha gets 18 new game reserves, 7 proposed sanctuaries

Mumbai, Sept. 21 (SocialNews.XYZ) Cheering environmentalists, Maharashtra will get 18 new game reserves and 7 proposed protected areas, bringing the total number of such protected areas in the state to 52, officials said here on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Eknath Shinde endorsed the proposals at a State Wildlife Board meeting attended by Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar and others, which will now expand protected areas in the state to around 13,000 square kilometers.

The 18 new reserves are: Velhe-Mulshi (87.41 sq km) and Lonavala (121.41 sq km) in Pune-Raigad, Naneghat districts (98.78 sq km) in Pune-Thane, Bhorgirigad districts (37.64 sq km ) in Pune district, Dindori (62.10 square km), Surgana (86.28 square km) and Taharabad (122.45 square km) – all in Nashik district.

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Also, there are Khareghat (97.45 sq km), Chinchpada (93.91 sq km) in Nandurbar district, Ghera Manikgad (53.25 sq km), Alibaug (60.03 sq km) in Raigad district, Gumtara (125.50 sq km) in Thane district, Rajmachi (83.15 km²) in Thane-Pune district, Jawhar (118.28 km²), Dhamani (49.15 km²), Aherigarh (80.95 km²) in Palghar district, Atpadi (9th .48 km²) in Sangli District and Ekara (102.99 km²). square kilometers) in the district of Chandrapur.

The CM said Conservation Reserve Areas (CRAs) are declared for the purpose of protecting the habitats of flora and fauna in the area adjacent to national parks or protected areas or links to such reserved areas.

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Proposed rating agencies include Saptashringigad in Nashik district, Bhairavgad in Thane district, Dhareshwar, Trikuteshwar, Kannad, Pedkagad in Aurangabad district and Kinwat in Nanded district, he said.

Mungantiwar suggested at the meeting, which was attended by senior officials such as Venugopal Reddy, Dr. YLP Rao, Sunil Limaye and others participated, proposed establishing a “government wildlife fund” for various conservation efforts, biodiversity projects and compensation for local people.

The development came two days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi was due to address a national conference of all the country’s environment ministers.

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Source: IANS

Maha gets 18 new game reserves, 7 proposed sanctuaries

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