Minister for Water Resources P.J. Joseph has said that a final picture on the demolition of the Mullaperiyar dam will be evolved at the meeting of the experts and engineers on September 17.

KOCHI: The Periyar and Parambikulam tiger reserves in Kerala have been adjudged two of the best managed reserves in the country.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority and the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests had jointly evaluated the 41 reserves for its management effectiveness, including tiger conservation programmes.

The reserves, which scored 240 points each, were included on

Proposed dam inside the Periyar Tiger Reserve, Kerala Forest Research Institute given the task. Pilot study in the region within a fortnight KOCHI: An Environment Impact Assessment of the proposed Kerala Periyar Dam, which will replace the existing Mullaperiyar dam in Idukki, will begin shortly.

KOCHI: Over a thousand wildlife enthusiasts from across the State have surprised the Forest and Wildlife authorities by volunteering themselves to be part of the proposed State wildlife census.

KATTAPPANA: Preparations have begun at the Periyar Tiger Reserve and the Idukki Wildlife Sanctuary for a State-wide wildlife survey to be held from May 18 to 20.

Sanjayan Kumar, deputy director, Periyar Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu on Thursday that training classes for the Forest Department staff would be held on Saturday, and the exact number of persons participating in the survey of mammals

KOLLAM: The identification process of critical wildlife habitats (CWH) in the State will be finalised after examining the revised guidelines notified by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

Reminding Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan of the masterplan for Sabarimala temple, which, had it been implemented, could have prevented the stampede in which over a hundred people were killed, Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh has asked for quick implementation of the masterplan, failing which permission for diversion of forest land for the purpose could be cancelled.

In a letter

Union Environment Minister writes to Chief Minister on the issue.
KOCHI: The death of pilgrims at Pulmedu could have been avoided had the Sabarimala master plan been implemented in a

A caution sounded by the Forest Department against permitting vehicles through forest routes was disregarded and this resulted in the Pulmedu stampede, forest officials said on Sunday.

The authorities had successfully enforced a ban on vehicles through the forest routes some four years ago for the safety of pilgrims.

The Kerala Forest Department will suggest a ban on vehicular traffic through forest routes and restrictions on pilgrims' inflow into the Sabarimala temple in the wake of the Pulmedu accident that claimed 102 lives, informed sources said.

The vehicular traffic along the hardly five-metre-wide forest route to Pulmedu shot up on days close to Makaravilakku, which fell on January 14.

On January

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