Sanjay Gandhi National Park gets new director
Officials from the Maharashtra forest department said some posts were downgraded across the state two months ago.mumbai Updated: Nov 03, 2016 23:37 IST
Come Friday, Mumbai’s Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) will see the appointment of a new chief conservator and director.
Anwar Ahmed, an Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer from 1997 batch and former chief conservator of forest and deputy director general, Thane, will be replacing outgoing director, Vikas Gupta after an order was issued by the state forest department on Thursday evening.
Officials from the Maharashtra forest department said some posts were downgraded across the state two months ago. “There was a rejig in the ranks across the state and the designation of chief conservator of forest was downgraded to conservator of forest across Maharashtra. As a result officers were transferred to different national parks,” said a senior official from the forest department. “We hope that Ahmed will work towards the preservation or improvement of SGNP.”
Speaking about his new role to HT, Ahmed said, “A big metropolis like Mumbai, which is blessed with having SGNP as a green lung is not common across the world. As an environment and wildlife enthusiast, looking after the park and protecting it will be my priority. It is only right to give me sometime time to understand and get to know the national park before speaking about my duties or plans.”
Prior to being CCF and deputy director general, Thane, Ahmed served as CCF, social forestry division, Thane and deputy conservator of forest, Thane and Alibaug.
Meanwhile, Gupta was transferred as chief conservator forest, education, Pune forest department. “It was a great experience working and serving SGNP, which I completely fell in love with. My team and I carried out a lot of projects, initiatives and also proposed many others. I hope that my worthy successor can take up all these responsibilities to further heights,” said Gupta.