Utensils, blankets, nets in 500 kg Pench river trash
Conservation workers, the Environment Development Committee (EDC), and members of the Primary Response Team (PRT) were also part of the campaign.
Nagpur: The Special Tiger Conservation Force (STPF) has recovered about 500 kg of garbage from the Pench river during a clean-up operation, Including mattresses, throw fishing nets, blankets, utensils, and plastic bottles. The campaign explores how illegal fishing has completely degraded the tiger reserves and their ecosystem.
This is stated by Prabhu Nath Shukla, Deputy Director, Pench Tiger Reserve (PTR), Maharashtra that a special cleanliness drive was also carried out by about 75 personnel of Special Tiger Protection Force units along with regular field staff from 29th April to 11th May. Conservation workers, the Environment Development Committee (EDC), and members of the Primary Response Team (PRT) were also part of the campaign.
Prabhu Nath Shukla has said that he has cleaned more than 60 km of the river bank. And with this, the confiscated material apparently belonged to the fishermen who illegally enter the river water to catch fish. Since the water level has gone down on its own, it is quite convenient to conduct campaigns at regular intervals.
Non-biodegradable wastes that have been collected
Totaldoh Dam, also known as Meghdoot Reservoir, Maharashtra also forms the boundary of Pench Tiger Reserve and Madhya Pradesh Pench. There is also a Tiger Reserve on either side of the river Pench, which connects Totaldoh with the lower Pench dam.
To catch illegal fish completely in Totaldoh and community fish caught in the lower Pench dam as well as in the Pench buffer areas, many active and abandoned fishing nets are thrown into the reservoir, Similarly, not only is it harming the ecology but it is also causing a lot of problems for the wildlife.
Prabhu Nath Shukla has also said that other non-biodegradable wastes that have been collected at the bank also greatly deteriorate the quality of the dwelling. And also make it very dangerous for wildlife. Just as the water level in Pench gets very low during the summer, The debris gets exposed even more. More recently, the horns of a spotted deer were caught in a fishing net. RRT has also rescued the animal.
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