Maharashtra has become the first state in India to be declared a sanctuary for endangered wildlife. The issue, which has been pending for more than 16 years, was finally sealed at the State Wildlife Board meeting on Monday. About 10 endangered wildlife habitats have been declared in the state.
Board members Kishore Rithe, Kundan Hote, Yadav Tarte Patil and others were present at the meeting held under the chairmanship of the State Wildlife Board and Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. During the 15th meeting of the State Board of Wildlife, it was decided that before the endangered wildlife habitat proposal is submitted for approval, a subcommittee on proposals of the board must be formed and submitted for review. Four revenue subcommittees have been established to review endangered wildlife habitat proposals for all protected areas in the state.
Pursuant to the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act 2006, the rights of Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers have been recognized. Consequently, for wildlife conservation in sanctuaries and national park areas, it was expected to declare endangered wildlife habitat under Section Two (b) of the Forest Rights Act. This decision will provide a protected habitat for wildlife. There are a total of 55 protected areas in the state, including 49 sanctuaries and six national parks. Endangered wildlife habitats were proposed for all of these protected areas.
These are endangered habitats.
Mayureshwar Supe Shrine (Pune)
New drilling (Wardha)
Extended Diameter Shrine (Wardha)
Narnala Shrine (Akola)
Sanctuary of Lonar (Buldana)
Gugamal National Park (Amravati)
Yedshi Ramalingaghat Shrine (Osmanabad)
Naigaon Peacock Sanctuary (Beed)
Deulgaon Rehekuri Shrine (Ahmednagar)