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Drone eyes in sky keeping intruders off Vidarbha’s Pench tiger reserve

“There has been a fall in poaching and illegal entry after the drone was deployed (a few months ago). People are aware that they are being watched,” said Reddy,

The big cats of the Pench tiger project in Vidarbha as well as the flora and fauna there can now rely on the eyes in the sky to protect them from poachers and tree-fellers. The officials have pressed into service a drone which will keep an eye out for intruders, be it to hunt animals or fish in the reservoir there. Located near Nagpur, the Pench tiger reserve is the first in Maharashtra and the second in India after the Panna tiger reserve in Madhya Pradesh to procure an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) for conservation purposes. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Buoyed by the success, officials are planning to procure and deploy more drones to effectively cover reserve’s 257.26 sq.km core area and a 483.96 sq.km buffer zone, habitating 21 tigers, 33 species of mammals, over 160 species of birds, reptiles, fishes and amphibians. “We are using the drone to get an aerial view of the park,” MS Reddy, chief conservator of forests and field director of the Pench project told dna. “It provides us an aerial view of the park, its water bodies and helps map the area,” he said, adding the drone was being used for aerial reconnaissance, protection, photography and documentation. The drone can stream live photos and videos though it is not equipped with a night-vision camera as of now.”There has been a fall in poaching and illegal entry after the drone was deployed (a few months ago). People are aware that they are being watched,” said Reddy, adding the “idea itself acts as a deterrent”. “We are also using it to watch if fishing is taking place in the Pench reservoir, in violation of the ban. It helps us devise a strategy after estimating the strength of the fishermen,” he said. The drone in use costs around Rs 1.10 lakh and plans are afoot to buy bigger ones. “We are going in for bigger ones, as the one in use has a flight time of just 15 minutes. We are looking for a UAV which has a flight time of over one hour,” he added. Around 20 forest personnel have been trained in using the drone. “Technology is a great help in conservation,” he noted, adding the drone could observe intruders from a distance and could stay safe unlike camera traps which could be easily accessed and damaged. Located at a distance of around 70km from Nagpur, the Pench tiger reserve was declared as India’s 25th tiger reserve in 1999. It also has an eco-tourism area. The reserve is an important corridor between the forest areas of Madhya Pradesh (Pench Tiger Reserve) and Nagzira-Navegaon and Tadoba- Andhari Tiger Reserves in Maharashtra. African safariPlayers and coaches of the South African cricket team visited Pench on Saturday for a tiger safari. The team could get a glimpse of the big cat, a leopard and other birds and animals, said Reddy. Senior forest department officials and experts accompanied them.

Kick row: Minister Kusum Mahdale says it was a drunk youth, not boy

Under flak for allegedly kicking a boy, Madhya Pradesh Minister Kusum Mahdale has been summoned by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.

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Under flak for allegedly kicking a boy, Madhya Pradesh Minister Kusum Mahdale has been summoned by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan.However, Mahdale has denied the incident saying it was actually a “drunk youth” who tripped on and fell on her feet, even as Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan appealed for “sensitivity” towards others in the backdrop of the controversy.The Animal Husbandry Minister, who is in the midst of the row after a video clipping purportedly showing her kicking the boy went viral, clarified that the boy in question was a 20-year old youth who was “highly” drunk and lost his balance and fell on her feet when she was returning from a programme at Panna bus stand area.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She also said the youth was not known to her.The purported incident had taken place at a function organised to celebrate Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day near bus stand in Panna district yesterday.Meanwhile, evading a direct reply, Chouhan told reporters in Dewas that everyone should be sensitive towards others.”The Minister (Mahdele) has given her clarification on the issue…(we) will see and probe it to clear the situation.Everyone should remain sensitive in such matters,” he said.Earlier in the day Mahdale said that the video being played on news channels was an “absolute lie”.In the video, Mahdele, one of the senior members of the state Cabinet, was seen kicking the boy as he bowed to touch her feet at a function organised to celebrate Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day near the bus stand in Panna district.”As I was going towards my car, there was a reporter who with a cameraman came to take my interview. I was answering some questions while moving towards my car when somebody fell on my feet. Nothing more than this happened. So, I didn’t even see his face. I have not seen any video yet. The video being played on various channels is an absolute lie,” she said earlier today.Meanwhile, senior Congress leader Manish Tewari demanded that Mahdele should be sacked over the issue.The Aam Aadmi Party too sought her resignation and petitioned the Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission for stern action against her.

Ken-Betwa river linking project will hamper tigers in Panna, says former director of Project Tiger

Veteran conservationist and former director of Project Tiger Hemendra Singh Panwar has critiqued the ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project for the impacts it will have on tigers and Ken River’s biodiversity in a strong letter written to the environment ministry. Hitting out at the project’s environment impact assessment (EIA) report and DPR, Panwar has termed it ‘deficient, inconsistent and misleading’.

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Veteran conservationist and former director of Project Tiger Hemendra Singh Panwar has critiqued the ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project for the impacts it will have on tigers and Ken River’s biodiversity in a strong letter written to the environment ministry. Hitting out at the project’s environment impact assessment (EIA) report and DPR, Panwar has termed it ‘deficient, inconsistent and misleading’.Panwar recently sent the letter to the expert appraisal committee of the environment ministry, which considered the project for environmental clearance on October 26, and he also spoke to dna on his concerns about Panna Tiger Reserve’s (PTR) wildlife and Ken River.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The primary purpose of the river-link project, proposed during NDA-I, is to irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land and divert water from Ken, Madhya Pradesh to Betwa in Uttar Pradesh. It involves construction of a dam that will submerge forest inside Panna Tiger Reserve (PTR) and will also divide the contiguous tiger habitat. The project has faced stiff opposition from conservationists, hydrologists and even R Sreenivasa Murthy, PTR’s former director, had opposed the project before his contentious transfer to Kuno wildlife sanctuary.In his letter, Panwar, who was also the first field director of Kanha national park, has said, “My professional conscience impels me to make this submission, challenged as it is by the reliance on half-truths and misinformation by the project proponents to justify environmental and wildlife clearances for Ken-Betwa River Linking Project (KBLP) from the State and Union governments.” He adds, “Inconsistency and suppression of information mark this EIA report. Information on land is misleading and report suppresses that two protected areas are impacted.”In his critique of the EIA, Panwar has elucidated how the endangered population of vultures found along the 30-km long Ken River gorge will be threatened by the project. “Near 400 live nests and a rock nesting vulture population of around 1000, give an invaluable ecosystem attribute to PTR. This entire length of gorge will be submerged and with it the crucial vulture habitat”, Panwar has said.While speaking to dna about on the project’s viability, Panwar said, “When you examine the hydrological impact of river linking and the project’s impact on Ken river’s biodiversity, tigers, vultures and other fauna, major doubts arise on the project’s viability.”Panwar went on to add, “Panna had already lost its tigers in the past. This project will bifurcate their habitat, hampering movement of tigers and their prey. The habitat is also important for water security of the neighbouring areas, which will ironically be under threat due to river-linking”.As a way to compensate for the habitat loss of PTR Uttar Pradesh government decided to include Ranipur and Mahavir Swami wildlife sanctuaries as satellite core of Panna, while Madhya Pradesh government agreed to convert 60 sq.kms of PTR’s buffer area into core zone.Panwar though said that this is not adequate. “This is good independently as a conservation measure but not as compensation.” The ace conservationist has thus asked the environment ministry to reconsider the deficiencies in the EIA before granting it environmental and wildlife clearance.

MoEF defers green clearance for Ken-Betwa river link

A detailed wildlife conservation and management plant is also to be submitted to the panel.

The Ken-Betwa river link project has a significant environment and wildlife impact as it passes right through the Panna Tiger Reserve

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s controversial Ken-Betwa river link project is likely to face difficulties and delays as the environment ministry has deferred environment clearance for the project. An expert panel of the environment ministry appraising the project noted that the river-link will significantly affect the Panna Tiger Reserve and thus all aspects of the project will have to be studied more carefully.The primary purpose of the river-link project is to irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land and divert water from Ken, Madhya Pradesh to Betwa in Uttar Pradesh. But, the project has a significant environment and wildlife impact as it passes right through the Panna Tiger Reserve, where tigers had vanished in 2009 and the reserve was re-populated with great effort. Contrary to the claims of National Water Development Agency (NWDA) which states that only 41.4 sq km of Panna will be submerged, independent conservationists peg the submergence area at 92 sq km.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After appraising the details of the project, the environment ministry’s expert panel asked the Madhya Pradesh government for information and studies that they thought was not presented completely. The panel stressed that the project will impact the habitat of tigers, other wildlife and thus a study was needed on loss of habitat, migratory paths for wildlife, including birds. It has also asked for more details on the impact of animal distribution, especially on tigers.Since the project falls within the Panna Reserve, the panel had asked the Madhya Pradesh status of the National Board for Wildlife clearance about the recommendations made by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.A detailed wildlife conservation and management plant is also to be submitted to the panel. The panel also touched upon the critical issue of micro climatic change that the project is likely to bring about due to the submergence of 9,000 hectares of mixed, dry deciduous teak forest. It specifically asked the project proponents to clarify the impact on micro-climatic conditions.As the project affects tigers, ghariyals and a thriving river ecology, it has faced stiff opposition and representations were also made to the expert panel. About seven representations were received from various non-profit organizations. The panel has asked the NWDA and Madhya Pradesh government to respond to these objections.Meanwhile, as reported by dna in June, four sanctuaries are proposed to be added to Panna in lieu of the area submerged. The Uttar Pradesh government has agreed to include Ranipur and Mahavir Swami wildlife sanctuaries as satellite core of Panna while Madhya Pradesh has agreed to convert 60 sq.kms of buffer area of the tiger reserve into core area.

Ken-Betwa river link project’s EIA inadequate and flawed, say environmentalists

The Ken-Betwa link project is the first proposed river-linking project in the country. The project involves transferring 591 million cubic metres of surplus water in the Ken basin in UP through a 231.45-km canal to the Betwa river in MP.

In a scathing letter to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), environmentalists and former senior bureaucrats have exposed inadequacies in the environment impact assessment (EIA) of the ambitious Ken-Betwa river link project. The South Asia Network on Dams, Rivers and People (SANDRP), who have authored the letter, sent it to the environment appraisal committee (EAC) of the MoEFCC as they considered the project for the environmental clearance on August 25. The letter has been endorsed by former power secretary EAS Sarma and Ramaswamy R Iyer, former secretary of water resources ministry, who had a major role in drafting the National Water Policy, 1987.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ken-Betwa link project is the first proposed river-linking project in the country. The project involves transferring 591 million cubic metres of surplus water in the Ken basin in UP through a 231.45-km canal to the Betwa river in MP. Land needed for acquisition is an estimated 6,000 hectares and the cost of resettlement Rs 333 crore. But, according to environmentalists the project will reduce 30% of the Panna Tiger Reserve and almost 10 per cent of the 54,266 hectare of its area will get submerged.The letter to the EAC highlights the violations in the public hearing process that was held in December 2014. According to the letter, a majority of the citizens present at the meeting had opposed the project despite being shouted down by activists of the rulung party. SANDRP notes in detail the inadequacies of the EIA report. The report, SANDRP says, fails to assess impact of reservoir which will effectively cut areas of the Panna tiger reserve to the west and also the notified forests beyond.The EIA says that “no operation and activity is proposed in Panna protected area except the submergence.” But, the dam to be for water diversion will be built inside the Panna national park. As far as enlisting vulerable and threatened species is concerned, the EIA enlists species that are not found anywhere close to the project site. According to the EIA, Philippine pangolin, found only in Philippines is found at the project site along with animals such as slender loris, slow loris and even sagai, all animals not found in the area. The EIA is also completely silent about the existence of Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary in the downstream area, which will be adversely impacted due to the project.”We have sent this letter to the EAC so they are informed abut the incorrect information and flaws in the EIA report. They should apply their mind while considering environmental clearance and we have demanded that a fresh EIA is needed,” said Himanshu Thakkar of SANDRP.The river-linking project has garnered significant protests. The project’s impact on Panna tiger reserve even prompted the ex-field director R.Sreenivasa Murthy to write to the Madhya Pradesh state government.

At least 50 dead, 13 injured as bus catches fire in Madhya Pradesh

Panna (MP): Fifty persons were charred to death and 13 others sustained burn injuries when the private bus they were travelling in fell into a nullah and caught fire in the district on Monday.

The accident took place near Pandav fall, close to Panna Tiger Reserve, nearly 14 km from the district headquarters.

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“We have pulled out 21 charred bodies from the bus which was on its way to Satna district from Chhatarpur district,” Superintendent of Police IP Arjaria had told PTI over phone from the accident spot.

The injured persons were rushed to a hospital.

Arjaria said the diesel tank of the bus exploded after it skidded off a bridge and fell 15 feet down into a nullah. The resultant fire gutted the vehicle completely.

Rescue operation had almost come to an end, the SP added.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced financial help of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 to the seriously injured and the injured victims, respectively. He also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident

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21 dead, 13 injured as bus catches fire in Madhya Pradesh

Panna (MP): Twenty-one persons were charred to death and 13 others sustained burn injuries when the private bus they were travelling in fell into a nullah and caught fire in the district on Monday.

The accident took place near Pandav fall, close to Panna Tiger Reserve, nearly 14 km from the district headquarters.

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“We have pulled out 21 charred bodies from the bus which was on its way to Satna district from Chhatarpur district,” Superintendent of Police I P Arjaria told PTI over phone from the accident spot.

The injured persons were rushed to a hospital.

Arjaria said the diesel tank of the bus exploded after it skidded off a bridge and fell 15 feet down into a nullah. The resultant fire gutted the vehicle completely.

Rescue operation had almost come to an end, the SP added.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced financial help of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 to the seriously injured and the injured victims, respectively. He also ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident

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