Hyderabad: There should be no treeless road in Telangana: Special CS directions to forest officials
Mrs. A. Shanthikumari, Special Chief Secretary, Department of Forests, directed the officials of the Department of Forests to develop protected forests, tiger reserves and sanctuaries in the same manner as the success of Harithaharam in the state of Telangana.
She was the chief guest at a one-day workshop of forest officials from the respective districts on protection of forest areas, efficient management of tiger reserves and development of ecotourism held at Aranya Bhavan today.
Speaking on the occasion, she said that Telangana has a lot of potential in terms of Ecotourism and advised the Special CS officers to utilize the existing resources and develop them.
She said that the forest department has become a role model for Telangana through the success of Harithaharam, as well as the need to fully develop tiger reserves, sanctuaries and protected forests.
They want to work with the aim that there should be no treeless road (No Road Free From Trees) anywhere in Telangana. Everyone appreciated that the Harithaharam results were seen as soon as they stepped into Telangana from other states and demanded that the forest areas be restored in the same spirit.
Special CS said that the protection of wildlife during the hot summer months was a challenge and that artificial water supply should be provided in areas where there is no natural water in the forest.
Gajwel is now remembered for its forest restoration, as well as the well-maintained Tiger Reserve. That is, Amrabad, Kavval asked the officers and staff to work competitively as the name implies. She said that there will be full cooperation from the government.
PCCF (HOFF) R.M. Dobrial reviewed section wise discussions were held with the officers managing each area. He said the government’s encouragement for forest protection was excellent and that full-scale block-wise afforestation, augmentation of grasslands, management of water bodies and identification-development of eco-friendly ecotourism areas should take place.
He said the staff should work towards the goal of cutting down trees in protected forests and completely stopping wildlife poaching (Zerofelling – Zeropoaching).
The meeting was attended by PCCF Lokesh Jaiswal (CAMPA), PCCF (Admin) Swargam Srinivas, Additional PCCFs Vinay Kumar, MCPargain, AK Sinha, Amrabad, Kavval Directors, Chief Conservators of Sanctuaries and District Forest Officers.