U.P.: Wildlife rescue centre in Hastinapur forest area soon

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath laid the foundation stone of four wildlife protection centers in the state during a meeting of the Uttar Pradesh State Wildlife Board in Lucknow.

The Wildlife Protection Center will be set up in the Hastinapur Forest Area for the districts of Western Uttar Pradesh. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, at a meeting of the Uttar Pradesh State Wildlife Board in Lucknow on Friday, laid the foundation stone of four wildlife protection centers in the state.

These wildlife sanctuaries will be set up in Hastinapur (Meerut), Gopalpur (Pilibhit Tiger Protected Area), Baghilpur (Chitrakoot Forest Division) and Madhavaliya (Maharajganj). Rajesh Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of Meerut said, “This is a long-standing demand in the wake of human-animal conflict incidents. He added that the detailed planning report has been prepared for the Hastinapur Rescue Center and an initial budget has been prepared. 4.95 crore has been released to the four centers for starting work.

Kumar hoped to launch a wildlife protection center in Hastinapur in the next two years. Cases of human-animal conflict, especially with cheetahs, are frequent, he said. “Angry people attack animals and it is difficult to protect animals without trained personnel and equipment,” he said.

The DFO said the defense center would have trained personnel, doctors and the necessary equipment. According to him, the animals they currently rescued have been moved to zoos in Kanpur, Lucknow and Gorakhpur.

“The Defense Center in Hastinapur meets the needs of many districts of western UP where incidents of human-animal conflict are on the rise,” Kumar said. The company has already been shortlisted for the construction of the defense center and work will begin soon, DFO said.

The Hastinapur Wildlife Sanctuary is spread over five districts of western UP. People are farming because there is no clear boundary. The presence of these in the vicinity of the sanctuary causes frequent conflict with leopards and other wild animals.

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