Trees Uprooted Illegally From A Zone Of Tiger Reserve In Maharashtra

National Tiger Conservation Authority has received a complaint that amid the lockdown period there was illegal construction of roads and tree cutting inside Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR).

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June 5, 2020

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The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has received a complaint that amid the lockdown period there was illegal construction of roads and tree cutting inside the premises of Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) situated in Bhandara and Gondia district, as reported by ANI.

Sachin Rangari, secretary of People for Animals (PFA) and Honorary district animal welfare officer of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), who is the complainant, has shared exclusive photos and videos of the chopping of trees. Murum sand was also excavated from the reserve with the JCB machine.

National Tiger Conservation Authority also said that it received a complaint regarding the core area of NNTR being destroyed. After receiving the complaint, the officials were sent for inspection to investigate. They roamed around the forest and found that the trees were uprooted because of the storm caused by cyclone on May 31. That day, there was a heavy downpour also. The person has mainly complained about the illegal cutting of trees in compartment no. 97, where around 20-25 trees have fallen due to strong winds.

However, RM Ramanujam, Field Director of NNTR on the basis of preliminary investigation has denied any sort of illegal activity inside the Reserve and added that it was because of the storm that around 20 trees got uprooted on May 31.

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