Chandrapur: In view of the human-animal conflict in the district, Mungantiwar has approved Rs 15.50 crore under the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Yojana to start concrete mitigation measures in 62 highly sensitive villages of the Bramhapuri forest division.
The area falling under the Bramhapuri Forest Division is heavily forested and is also adjacent to the protected area of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR). The forest under Bramhapuri is also completely rich in forest and wildlife.
Due to the presence of a large number of villages in the fringe areas of the forest, these villages have to face man-animal conflict. While human casualties have also taken place, there have also been large-scale incidents of people being injured, livestock killed, and crop damage.
In this year alone, 44 cases of death of human beings in the attacks of poachers have come to the fore in the district. Of these, about 33 people have been killed in tiger attacks, while the remaining five have also fallen prey to leopards.
Selecting villages for assistance under the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Yojana
Bramhapuri district has also become the center of the struggle. Four tigers, responsible for several human killings in the division in the last five months, have also been caught. The forest department has also decided to capture and relocate five tigresses from Bramhapuri to reduce poacher pressure on the forest.
Discontent is also growing among the people regarding the loss of life, cattle, and crops due to wild animals. Because of this, the Forest Department has started many measures to reduce the dependence of the villagers on the forest. While selecting the villages for assistance under the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Jan Van Vikas Yojana, the villages coming under the wildlife corridor have also been selected.
As per the instructions of the Forest Minister, Rs 25 lakh has been provided to each of the 62 villages for implementing conflict mitigation measures.