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CM GIVES DIRECTIONS TO ENSURE THAT MOVEMENT OF TOURISTS AND VEHICLES DO NOT HARM WILD LIFE: CM

Jaipur, Chief Minister Smt. Vasundhara Raje has directed the officials of the forest department to ascertain that tourists and the vehicles going in and coming out from the National Parks and Sanctuaries stick to the rules. She said it should be kept in view that the movement of tourists and vehicles do not harm wild life and there is no risk of collison with wild animals.
Smt. Raje was reviewing the progress of budget announcements of Forest and Environment department at CMO on Tuesday. She said proper guidelines should be issued to the tourists before they enter the Ranthambhore tiger reserve so that their activities do not harm wild life. She said vehicle drivers and tourist guides should be properly trained on how to behave with wild life.
She asked officials to secure sancturies and check any kind of encroachement. She said it should be monitored that how many plants remain alive after plantation on big scale and there should be proper maintenace of these plants.
Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Shri O. P. Meena gave detailed presentation on the progress of the budget announcements of 2014-15 and 2015-16 and the work plan for the current financial year. He informed that additonal allocation of Rs. 7 crore has been made for Nature Park in Churu and provision has been made of Rs. 1 crore to develop Van Vihar in Dholpur. The Biological Park in Udaipur has been dedicated to public while work is in progress for Biological Park in Jaipur and Jodhpur, he informed. Officials of the forest department informed that under Van-Dhan Yojana expenditure of Rs. 7.5 crore is proposed for the year 2015-16. For crocodile park in Bagdara, Udaipur Rs. 1 crore has been sanctioned, informed the officials.
Chairman of Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board Smt. Aparna Arora gave presentation on the achievements of the Board and informed that according to the budget annoucements online submission and tracking of consent application has been implemented. Application form and fee schedule has been made industry friendly, she said.
Minister of State for Forest and Environment Rajkumar Rinva, Principal Secretary Finance P. S. Mehra, Secretary Planning Akhil Arora and senior officials of forest department were present during the meeting.