Union Minister Jairam Ramesh for replication of ‘Tirupati green model'
If Tirupati and its surrounding hilly areas have become greener in a fixed time frame of two to three decades, thanks to the untiring efforts of the Forest Department, why not the other major forest reserves in the country? Union Minister for Environment and Forest Jairam Ramesh observed.
Acknowledging the success of the afforestation programme taken up on a large scale in Tirupati, he says the change brought about around the temple city has been marvellous.
“I have been seeing Tirupati for over 30 years and the barren hills have become remarkably green”, he said, during a visit to Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park here on Sunday. He told MP Chinta Mohan that the Tirupati project would be replicated as a model in major reserve forests across the country.
Mr. Ramesh said the tiger census would be announced in a month and hinted at ‘good news' for the nation. Dubbing ‘Project Tiger' as the most successful and exhaustive tiger conservation programme in the world, he said the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve (NSTR) had returned to normalcy after the successful breeding of tigers.
White tigers named
During his visit to the enclosure housing the white tigers, he expressed awe at their mammoth size, snow white complexion, majesty and fierceness. In the same vein, he named two of them as ‘Indira' and ‘Kailash', after the former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and forest officer Kailash Sankhala, the man behind the ‘Project Tiger'.
Conservator of Forest (Tirupati Wildlife Management Circle) P.V.Chalapathi Rao, SVZP's in-charge Curator A.Parthasarathy, Divisional Forest Officers S.Ravishankar (Wildlife), M.Revathi (BIOTRIM) and P.Ramakrishna (flying squad) were present.