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Wildlife passes on Gosi canal prove to be a boon

Nagpur: A tender tiger crossing one of the vital overpasses of Gosikhurd canal in Halda in Brahmapuri proves why mitigation measures for linear projects are important.
Forest sources claimed it was once the similar two-year-old tigress that had mauled two individuals and injured 8 in Halda, Murpar, Dorli, Awalgaon, Vandra, Chichgaon and Padmapur villages in South Brahmapuri vary. It was once captured on March four and despatched to Gorewada Rescue Centre at Nagpur.

However, state’s chief wildlife warden Nitin H Kakodkar stated, “I’m no longer positive. We will have to confirm from the stripe trend whether or not it's the identical tigress.”

The image of tigress crossing the overpass was once captured by way of wildlife photographer Mayank Mishra, additionally one of the vital contractors and for the challenge. “I may just capture image of the young tigress 15 days in the past throughout the day. In search of latest territory, the tigress was once ceaselessly sighted by way of labourers at work even throughout the day. There was once scare among the folks,” Mishra stated.

AR Kamble, chief engineer of Gosikhurd irrigation challenge, instructed TOI, “Constructing overpasses is one of the prerequisites to get forest clearance. At some locations now we have handed canal via bolstered cement concrete (RCC) conduit and then canal floor level is restored by way of backfilling.”

“This is one of the strategies for creating wildlife passes. It seems like natural habitat for tigers and it's excellent that massive cats are the use of them. We will assemble 24 such passes at the canal by way of June this year. The proper financial institution canal (RBC) is 99-km-long,” Kamble added.

The Gosikhurd RBC passes via dense forest areas. It is an specific canal at once hooked up to dam at Paoni. Last year, dominant tiger of Umred-Karhandla Wildlife Sanctuary Jaichand had slipped in the main canal because of absence of mitigation steps.

Forest officers admit round 50 incidents of animals falling into canal had happened in closing three years and chitals, sambars, bisons and wild boars had been rescued in them. The incidents are happening ceaselessly as few wildlife crossings have been made despite a state-level committee recommending them.

Tigress Kala had got stuck in a Gosikhurd sub-canal in Bhiwapur on November 24, 2011. State wildlife board member Kishor Rithe had raised the problem of mitigation measures over canals in Bhandara and Chandrapur districts within the board assembly on June 7, 2012. Taking word of it, state shaped a committee on June 23, 2014, beneath then Pench field director MS Reddy with irrigation officers, activist Poonam Dhanwatey and Bandu Dhotre as individuals.

The panel had steered 42 crossings. “There are 11 such irrigation projects in Vidarbha where mitigation steps are needed however owing to loss of price range they weren't constructed. Last year, Rs17 crore were sanctioned for passes on Gosikhurd,” stated Rithe.

“Now 30% of work on passes is done and wild animals are crossing them. One can imagine the convenience when extra passes come up. The irrigation division needs to expedite work,” Rithe added.

“The tigress crossing this overpass comes as a heartening information, especially against the backdrop of two tiger deaths in June 2015 owing to Gosikhurd canal work sans any passes, 5km from Sindewahi,” stated Bandu Dhotre, honorary wildlife warden.

Why Mitigation Is Must?

* Gosikhurd proper financial institution canal (RBC) is 99-km-long

* Due to loss of underpasses, over 50 incidents of animal falling in canals were reported

* Wildlife passes weren't constructed till now because of paucity of price range

* Last year, Rs17 crore were sanctioned for passes on Gosikhurd

* Irrigation division plans to construct 24 passes on RBC by way of June his year

* Only 30% work on passes is entire. It needs to be expedited.

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