GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Environment and forests
STARRED QUESTION NO 434
TO BE ANSWERED ON 03.08.2009
Declaring Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve.
SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state:-
(a) whether it is a fact that the Karnataka Government’s proposal for declaring Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple Wildlife Sanctuary as a Tiger Reserve under the Project Tiger Scheme has been pending with the Central Government since March, 2005;
(b) whether the necessary details relating thereto had been sent to the Central Government in September, 2008; and
(b) if so, the present status of the proposal and by when each one is likely to be cleared?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS
(SHRI JAIRAM RAMESH)
(a), (b) & (c) :- A Statement is laid on the Table of the House.
STATEMENT REFERRED TO IN REPLY TO PARTS (a), (b) & (c) OF RAJYA SABHA STARRED QUESTION NO. 434 ON DECLARING BILIGIRI RANGASWAMY TEMPLE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY AS A TIGER RESERVE DUE FOR REPLY ON 03.08.2009
(a) The earlier proposal received from the State (Karnataka) in this regard was not considered since declaration of new tiger reserves was not viewed favourable in the 38th meeting of the Steering Committee of Project Tiger held on 12.04.2005.
(b) Subsequently, based on a proposal received in this regard in December, 2008, the State has been advised to provide the ecological / landscape parameters, apart from the statutory imperatives vis-à-vis the provisions of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, for needful action from the National Tiger Conservation Authority. The response from the State is awaited.