The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday asked the Madhya Pradesh government what steps it had taken to avoid incidents of man-tiger conflict, referring to its last year’s order and the recent reports of tigers moving closer to Bhopal.
The green tribunal also issued notices to the secretary (forest), Madhya Pradesh government, principal chief conservator of forests (wildlife) and the inspector general of police in this regard.
The NGT on April 4, 2014 had suggested that the state and the central government agencies should take necessary steps to stop tigers from moving out of their habitats and entering into a conflict with humans.
Such incidents were dangerous for both and hence should be addressed with concrete steps.
Reviewing the compliance of the 2014 order in the light of media reports, a two-member bench asked the state government about the compliance report.
The bench comprised justice Dalip Singh, judicial member and AR Yousuf, expert member. The next hearing has been fixed on October 30.
The bench regretted that a heavy presence of human beings around the tiger protected areas was being taken by the big cat as disturbing and threatening and should be avoided.
The bench gave a specific reference to media reports which highlighted that Tiger T-1 couldn’t drink water from the river in the Kaliasot area due to a heavy presence of the spectators.
In another reference, the bench said that a tigress felt disturbed as she couldn’t find a proper place to deliver cubs due to spectators all around.
The tribunal directed the state government and the district administration to ensure that people didn’t crowd such places. However, it made an exception for local residents who have to pass through the area daily.
Tribunal on April 4, 2014 had asked the state and central government agencies to take steps to stop tigers from moving out of their habitats and entering into a conflict with humans
On Wednesday, it regretted a heavy presence of human beings around the tiger protected areas