Jhalana forest to become a wildlife sanctuary
It will ensure a planned development of an ecological system to boost population of wild animals and birds
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government will soon declare Jhalana as a wildlife reserve. It is currently a reserve forest area, but keeping in view the increasing number of wild animals and birds, a proposal has been mooted to make it a wildlife sanctuary. Once declared a sanctuary, the area will be handed over to wildlife department from the forest department. The switch will lead to a planned development of an ecological system to boost population of wild animals and birds, officials said.
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A proposal in this regard was prepared in a meeting presided over by additional chief secretary (forest) NC Goyal.
The Rajasthan government, child wildlife warden GV Reddy has sought records related to the Jhalana forest area from the forest department.
The record includes details of wild animals and birds, the land, maps, number of officials and employees and development works carried out in the past 10 years.
The proposal will be sent to the state government for approval.
Once it is approved, the area will be declared a wildlife sanctuary.
The forest department has already started Jhalana leopard safari to attract tourists.
Spread over 33 sq km east of Jaipur, the Jhalana forest area is said to have 20 leopards and panthers. Located barely 3.5 km from the World Trade Park, the forest, over the years has become a favourite leopard sighting destination.