Citing alleged violation of wildlife norms, Madhya Pradesh government has been asked by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to stop the tiger safari in the state’s Pench National Park, which is commonly known as ‘Mowgli Land’. Also, people in India call the Pench National Park as home to ‘Mowgli’– the protagonist of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’.
The CZA has sent a letter to to the State’s Chief Wildlife Warden and asked that no safari shall be established without its prior approval. The communique said, “As per records of CZA, no approval has been granted for creation of safari at Pench tiger reserve or Bandhavgarh tiger reserve. Therefore, no construction work should be carried out.”
It has been assumed that the significance of the move to be the objection, by the wild life activists, to the creation of tiger safari in Pench and in Bandhavgarh national parks. The activists claims it as harmful for the big cats.
Earlier, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had found alleged violation of laws in construction of tiger safaris in these two national parks.
The NTCA, a statutory body under the Ministry of Environment and Forests, had also written to the state government saying that the ongoing construction of tiger safari inside Pench “is detrimental to tiger dispersal” and “exposes them to poaching”.
MP forest department has failed to take “prior approval” from the CZA before construction of tiger safari in Pench and Bandhavgarh.