State government plans to set up a captive coal-based thermal power plant and construction of steel silo within 10 kilometre radius of Ratapani sanctuary.

A five-year-old tiger spotted moving on a couple of occasions recently in the forest belt between Kathotia and Kerwan, touching the southern tip of Bhopal, whose first clear picture was taken by the camera trapping method last November, has been killed by poachers.

State principal chief conservator of forest and chief wildlife warden Pramod Kumar Shukla told this newspaper that after recovering the tiger’s body on Tuesday, the forest authorities had rounded up and interrogated a few persons from Kathotia village.

Many questions on tiger conservation have sprung up with the first clear pictures taken by “camera trapping” of a tiger moving in the forest track between Kerwan dam and Kathotia on Bhopal’s southe

The Forest department is mulling over a proposal to carve out a core area in the 907sq km- Ratapani sanctuary, which is having a sizeable tiger population.

Ignoring Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan