Government sets up panel to set norms for relocation THE National Tiger Conservation Authority has set up a panel to formulate guidelines for translocating tigers from one reserve to another. The need for the guidelines was felt after tiger conservationists raised concerns when a tigress from Bandhavgarh tiger reserve was tranquillized and taken 200 km by road to Panna tiger

There are over 0.3 million rhesus monkeys in Northern India. Approximately 48.5% of these are living in human habitation areas. The inordinate growth in populations of such monkeys in recent years has led to an unhealthy competition for space and food between man and monkey.

House owners: Under the rehabilitation package in the master plan the head of each family will be entitled to a compensation equivalent to the assessed cost of his or her homestead land and other infrastructure on it. Cost assessment will be done by the state government or its implementing agency. Each family will also be provided a 100 sq m plot at the resettlement site. If this offer

Chairman and Managing Director of the Bharat Coking Coal Ltd (BCCL), T K Lahiry said tragedy can strike any time in Jharia, so tough actions are needed to shift people Why are people not shifting after so many sops and facilities? The issue of relocation has become highly politicized. We convince one village one day and another day some organization or political

Alok Kumar Gupta Nearly half a million people living in and around the Jharia coalfield in Jharkhand have to be shifted to control underground fires. But the government has no sound strategy for their rehabilitation and the people have no trust in the government Kujama village in Jharkhand

Only committees for fighting fire 1922: First committee set up under the coal ministry to check the Jharia fire and prevent subsidence. No action taken on its report. 1964: Director of CMRI appointed to carry out a survey and suggest measures to save coal that had caught fire. 1976: The Union energy ministry constituted a committee to examine safety in the nationalized coal

S P Banerjee, former director of the Indian School of Mines University in Dhanbad on how to douse fire 1. Why

It is doubtful the master plan will see the light of the day The relocation plan would have made more sense if it was done soon after a committee set up by the energy ministry in 1976 found underground fire active in the Jharia coalfield. Then, bccl did not even consider relocation. The Jharia Rehabilitation and Development Authority (jrda), responsible for shifting non- bccl

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On 3rd March 2009, a tigress was tranquilised in Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve and taken by road to Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh. Although the Government of India had given permission in 2008 for two tigresses to be translocated to Panna, the recent operation was carried out without close consultation with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) or known tiger experts.

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