14 villages on Gir fringe get revenue rights
THE TIMES OF INDIA
AHMEDABAD: In another key decision taken on Tuesday, the board decided to give revenue rights to 14 villages on the periphery of Gir sanctuary. So far, these villages did not have revenue rights and were unable to get loans or go for construction. With revenue rights, these villages will get corresponding benefits.
Around 26sq km of the 1,412 sq km Gir Sanctuary will be diverted for this purpose. Officials said that of these 14 villages, three are within the sanctuary.
The decision of the state government to allow 50 devotees to stay overnight at the Kankai Mataji temple in the Gir sanctuary was raised by SBWL member Bhushan Pandya. The decision had raised the hackles of wildlife activists and even members of the State Board for Wildlife.
Pandya had pointed out that the move will hurt conservation. He said that he also pointed out that there were no prayers that had to be performed at night. The Board later directed the principal chief conservator of forests (PCCF) G K Sinha to re-examine the issue.
The SBWL has kept in abeyance a proposal for construction of a jetty at Marine National Park.