Environment and Forest minister Jairam Ramesh has asked Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda to save the Sultanpur Wildlife Sanctuary.
The sanctuary, declared a protected area on former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s initiative, is in a shambles these days.
Jairam Ramesh wrote a letter after receiving a lot of complaints from residents and wildlife watchers.
The lake, source of water for many birds and aquatic life, has dried up due to non-availability of water. Tubewells in the area have brackish water, which cannot be pumped.
“You are well aware of the history of the park and the role that Indira Gandhi played in having it declared as a sanctuary way back in 1972. It is doubly unfortunate that a sanctuary with Gandhi’s name is so closely associated should find itself in such a pathetic state,” Ramesh said in the letter.
He asked the Haryana CM to immediately intervene to save the remaining wildlife in the park.