Chincholi Forest Now A Wildlife Sanctuary
December 31, 2011: Chincholi forest of Gulbarga has got the tag ‘Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary’, becoming the first dry land wildlife sanctuary in South India, with the state government notifying an area of 14,958.87 hectares of forest land in Chincholi taluk for it on November 28. With this, the state has got 21 wildlife sanctuaries.
Deputy Conservator of Forest of Gulbarga Region Radhadevi on Thursday received a letter written by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) on December 19 intimating about the government notification. In the letter, the Principal Chief Conservator has asked the DCF to prepare a management plan for the sanctuary as per the guidelines of the Indian Wildlife Association, New Delhi, and to submit it to him.
The notification declaring Chincholi Forest as a wildlife sanctuary stated that the forest area had rich natural canopy cover. This is the only area in the Hyderabad-Karnataka region that has similar features as the Western Ghats. The notification said due to biotic and climatic interventions, there was a threat of degradation of rich natural forest.
The wildlife sanctuary covers the forest areas of 28 villages of Chincholi taluk.
The notification said Chincholi Wildlife Sanctuary would not include any revenue villages, patta lands, revenue lands. Read the full report here.
Source: IBN Live, Gulbarga.