Four cases filed for encroaching Simlipal forest land
The Odisha government has filed four cases against people for encroaching 2.6 hectares of land inside the Simlipal Reserve Forest, Forest and Environment Minister Bijoyshree Routray told the state Assembly today.
In a written reply to the question of Mr Amar Prasad Satpathy (BJD), the minister said the government had also provided land patta for 548.96 acres of land encroached by the villagers of revenue villages inside the Simlipal Park under the Forest Rights Act.
He said in Simlipal, around 304 species of birds, 62 species of reptiles, 160 species of butterflies and 20 species of amphibian were seen.
As per the census conducted in Similipal during the past five years as many as 20 tigers (Camera Trap System) in 2006, 387 elephants in 2007, 61 tigers (in foot print system) were detected in 2009.
Similarly 453 elephants were found in 2010 and 456 elephants were found in 2012, he said.
In the current year, tiger census through camera trap system was on and the results would be known after census was over.
He said as many as 111 anti-poaching camps were set up in Similipal to protect the wild animals and wireless sets were set up in 91 camps.
As per the guidelines of the Union government, steps were being taken to constitute Simlipal Tiger Protection Force and to appoint 112 people for the protection of Similipal sanctuary.