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Central Chronicle


Thursday December 12, 2002

National Park case still not sent for center's node

BHOPAL: The issue of development of one national park and two sanctuaries in the state has not yet been sent to the Central government as the issue has been referred to the Cabinet for re-demarcation of their boundaries. The cabinet sub-committee had referred the issue to the cabinet two months ago.

The state government had decided to develop a national park and two sanctuaries to compensate the land coming in the submergence area of Narmada Sagar project. Already names have also been proposed for the national park and sanctuaries. The name suggest- ed for National Park is Onkareshwar National Park while those for the sanctuaries are Surmanya and Mandhata.

A meeting of Cabinet sub-committee was held a few months back in which the State Forest Minister Harvansh Singh, Public Works Minister Shravan Kumar Patel, Higher Education Minister Ratnesh Solomon, Minister for Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer issues Satyendra Pathak participated. It was decided to refer the matter to the Cabinet for the re-demarcation of their boundaries. It decided to re-demarcate the boundaries of National Park and sanctuaries. The cabinet instructed the department to identify the forest village and revenue villages falling in the area of these forest parks.

According to sources the Cabinet has not suggested anything new.

This should have been worked out by the forest department earli- er, which was not done. This has led to the delay in the work.

The task will take quite sometime now.

The development of these national parks and sanctuaries are important, as these would be developed near the submergence area.

It would help in compensating the loss on the environment front.

Our Staff Reporter


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