Shimla: The proposal to rationalise wildlife sanctuaries in the state cleared the main hurdle with national board of wildlife granting approval with certain important modifications, including setting up of conservation reserves in place of scrapping sanctuaries altogether.

Shimla: The panel deputed by the National Board of Wildlife for the final appraisal of the government

While the forest department had published new maps of sanctuaries in the state, the proposal for rationalisation of these protected wildlife areas has not been cleared by the Centre so far.