The first of its kind project will be introduced in other forest reserves including Ranthamore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Mukundra Hills and Janwai Conservation Reserve within the next two months
Jaipur: The Rajasthan government is going to take a major step towards ensuring safety of wildlife animals in the protected forest areas of the state. From March 21, Jhalana forest area in Jaipur will be under the surveillance of thermal cameras. The first of its kind project will be introduced in other forest reserves including Ranthamore National Park, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Mukundra Hills and Janwai Conservation Reserve within the next two months, according to senior forest department officers.
The project is being undertaken with the help of the state government’s IT department.
“Chief minister Vasundhara Raje had allocated a budget of Rs 40 crore for stepping up security at forest reserves in the state. The thermal camera project is part of this budget announcement. The pilot project will be launched at Jhalana Leopard Park and will be rolled out in four other forest reserves in the coming months,” said a senior forest department officer.
A control room will be set up in Arnya Bhawan in Jaipur where the footages of these cameras will be monitored.
A thermal camera can capture images up to a distance of 50 km. These cameras can function even during the nights.
“These cameras will help us monitor any human intervention in the forest area and curb incidents of poaching. We will also be able to monitor movements of wildlife animals in a better way,” said the officer.
The control rooms will be set up near the respective forest reserve also, enabling local officials to keep a tab on the jungle and wildlife activities.