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If CZA approves zoo layout, Himachal may soon get its first pair of tigers

By: The Press Reporter News Service | Shimla |

September 12, 2020 9:55:39 pm


A wildlife official instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that the pair of tigers initially chosen for the switch can’t be delivered to Himachal now as they’ve “over-aged”, and so one other pair might now should be chosen. (Representational Picture)

Himachal Pradesh might get its first pair of tigers if the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) approves the enclosure design and grasp plan of a zoo in Renukaji, in keeping with a reply by the state forest division within the Legislative Meeting session this week.

The oldest zoo in Himachal Pradesh, Renuka Mini Zoo, located inside a wildlife sanctuary in Sirmaur district, is the proposed house for the tigers whom the Nationwide Zoological Park in New Delhi first agreed to switch in November 2016. Nevertheless, as a result of lengthy delay in getting the required approvals from CZA, the matter should be taken up afresh with the zoo in Delhi.

Final yr, the CZA accepted the grasp structure plan of the mini zoo, following which the zoo’s grasp plan and the design of the proposed tiger enclosure had been despatched for approval, the reply mentioned. It added that tigers might be delivered to the zoo as soon as the enclosure is constructed.

A wildlife official instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that the pair of tigers initially chosen for the switch can’t be delivered to Himachal now as they’ve “over-aged”, and so one other pair might now should be chosen.

“As soon as the approvals are given, we’ll float tenders for the development of the enclosure and as soon as once more take up the matter with the zoo authorities in Delhi,” mentioned Chief Wildlife Warden Archana Sharma.

CCEA nod awaited for Renuka dam undertaking

One other reply tabled within the Meeting this week mentioned that “all formalities have been accomplished” for the development of the 40-megawatt Renuka multi-purpose undertaking which might be offering ingesting water to Delhi and 5 different accomplice states moreover producing electrical energy for Himachal. Nevertheless, an approval by the central authorities’s Cupboard Committee on Financial Affairs remains to be awaited, the reply mentioned.

The Centre will present almost Rs 6,000 crore for the undertaking’s bills whereas the state authorities will spend round Rs 51 crore, the reply mentioned. It added that the Himachal Energy Company Restricted has purchased 417 bighas of land for resettlement of affected households. From among the many 259 households which might be displaced, 127 familes have given their “choice letters” underneath the Rehabilitation and Resettlement Coverage whereas the remaining 132 households haven’t, mentioned the reply by multi-purpose tasks and energy division.

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