Government urged to implement PAC recommendations

The Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sanghom (ABass) has called for delinking Sabarimala and surrounding areas from the Periyar Tiger Reserve.
Speaking at a Meet the Press programme here on Wednesday, ABASS national vice-president D. Vijayakumar said the report submitted by the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament chaired by the late Buta Singh had recommended that Sabarimala,

The Periyar Tiger Reserve is preparing for the tiger census, 2014, with the support of a modern technique for identifying and tagging each tiger for more effective conservation.

The reserve will be the first in the country to give identification numbers to each tiger without outside support. The tigers are being numbered so that there will be a transparent way of finding out if any one goes missing.

Abandon plans to build a new dam, says activist

C.P. Roy, former chairman of Mullaperiyar Samara Samithi, has reiterated his demand for the construction of a tunnel from the Mullaperiyar dam.
He also has sought the abandonment of the plan to build a new dam. Mr. Roy’s demands come close on the heels of the State Budget allocating Rs.50 crore for the construction of a new dam at Mullaperiyar.

Hotels And Resorts Can Build Only Up To 3 Floors In These Areas

Thiruvananthapuram: An expert committee appointed by the state government to demarcate the eco sensitive zones (ESZ) around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries has recommended stringent regulations for construction of buildings in these zones. It has suggested capping the height for hotels and resorts in the ESZ area to three floors besides limiting the construction area to 7,500 sqft.

Board nod must for pushing State’s case for new dam

The State Wildlife Board on Thursday will decide on a request for conducting an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study for the new Mullaperiyar dam in the Periyar Tiger Reserve area and the declaration of eco-sensitive zones around wildlife sanctuaries of Kerala.

The first meeting of the recently reconstituted board will take up a proposal for an increase in the water level of the Peppara dam in Thiruvananthapuram. The clearance of the board is required for pushing the State’s application for the new dam. The delay in reconstituting the board had delayed the proceedings in the case.

Panel counsel says States can prepare site-specific tourism plans considering ecological, social and religious issues

The Supreme Court’s observation that guidelines for protection of tiger reserves will not hamper the movement of devotees to the Sabarimala temple comes after a point-blank submission in court by the Kerala government that any attempt to introduce curbs would primarily affect religion, not tourism. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has framed a set of comprehensive guidelines for Project Tiger and tourism in tiger reserves. The guidelines are proposed to be issued under Section 38-O (c) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

The Supreme Court today permitted the Centre to notify within a week its fresh guidelines for tiger conservation and regulating tiger tourism.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the Centre to notify within a week its fresh guidelines on tiger conservation.

That pilgrimage ‘does not affect’ the Periyar habitat of tigers

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said that he is confident of convincing the Supreme Court of the issues related to Sabarimala consequent on its ruling on the guidelines for the protection of tiger reserves in the country. In a statement here on Friday, Mr. Chandy said the Advocate General had been entrusted with the job of filing an affidavit before the Supreme Court, which was considering the guidelines for protecting the tiger reserves, after detailed discussions with the Forest and Wildlife Department and the Travancore Devaswom Board. The affidavit laying out Kerala’s views on the subject would be filed on Monday.

Members say it will help ganja cultivators, encourage poaching

The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) of the Supreme Court on August 7 rejected a proposal cleared by the Tamil Nadu Government for laying a road connecting Karumbarai in Theni Forest Division with the grizzled giant squirrel sanctuary near Watrap in Virudhunagar district. According to Ministry of Environment and Forests sources, the CEC, after inspecting the areas in Theni and the sanctuary on June 13, held public hearing on four occasions. The last one was on August 7, at which it announced the rejection of the proposal.

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