State to start twin elephant reserves
By Our Correspondent
Agartala, Nov 17, 2012 : The state Forest Department has resolved to start two elephant reserves at Gandhari area in Amarpur sub-division and Atharomura Range. Speaking to reporters in the sidelines of a press conference at civil secretariat, Forest Minister Jitendra Chaudhury said that the government feels strong necessity for formation of two elephant reserves at Gandhari and Atharomura as part of conservation project. He said that land plots for Gandhari elephant reerve has been already sorted out while the one scheduled to come up at Atharomura is yet to get its land area finalized. Tripura is currently estimated to have approximately over 40 elephants.
Expressing delight to public response to the proposal of starting elephant reserve at Gandhari, the minister said that local folks of the area have responsed more positively than even the government had expected. “We had proposed an elephant reserve and the local people suggested us to get a much larger area instead. They are ready to give lands for the purpose”, the minister said. However, he has assured that the government will allow proper rehabilitation package to the people displaced due to the elephant reserve project.
The state has currently got 24 eco-parks for visitor facilities, infrastructure of which alongwith infrastructure in Rowa and Gomati wildlife sanctuaries are being developed with the help of Tripura Tourism Development Corporation. Tripura has already got full-fledged facilities and infrastructure at Sepahijala and Trishna wildlife sanctuary. Forest Department would be laying high stress on ensuring better facilities in the other two sanctuaries.