ELURU: The Forest and Revenue departments, at last, ironed out their differences over fixation of boundaries for the Kolleru Wildlife sanctuary and arrived at a consensus on mapping of the water body at a joint meeting here on Tuesday, involving the Forest, Revenue, Irrigation and Survey and Land Records. “The map is ready with the approval of the Forest and Revenue departments at the joint meeting with a proposal to fix boundaries for the sanctuary. The map will be submitted to High Court”, the Collector said.
The difference of opinion cropped up between the two departments over fixation of boundaries for the sanctuary at some points which included the Gundukolanu-Agadalalanka road. The Forest Department personnel reportedly prepared their own map, showing as part of the wildlife sanctuary the particular road and a couple of villages on the Krishna-West Godavari borders near Siddhapuram in Akiveedu mandals. The Collector stated that replacement of a wooden bridge with a concrete one across the Kolleru linking the border villages of Krishna and West Godavari districts, as requested by the locals, could not be possible in view of the G.O.120 which regulates the sanctuary, the Collector informed.
Eluru Revenue Divisional Officer V.R.K. Prabhakara Rao asserted that the latest map prepared by the Revenue Department was more accurate than the one finalised by the Forest Department. It was proposed to exclude the Gundukolanu-Agadalalanka road from the purview of the wildlife sanctuary to help a large number of Kolleru inhabitants access themselves to the outside world, the RDO explained. Similarly, the latest map also concluded that Mondikodu, a habitation of Gudivakalanka with survey numbers-965, 966, 1003 and 1004, would not come under the prohibited plus five contour, the RDO added.