Adequate water to quench thirst of wild animals in Kawal Tiger Reserve

No man-animal conflict foreseen on account of water, say officials

February 22, 2020 06:02 pm | Updated 06:02 pm IST - ADILABAD

Wild animals in Kawal Tiger Reserve will not face water scarcity this summer partly because the Kadem project canal running across the core area will have water.

Wild animals in Kawal Tiger Reserve will not face water scarcity this summer partly because the Kadem project canal running across the core area will have water.

The worrisome man-animal conflict in Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) on account of water seems to be a thing of the past. There was no incident of wild animals straying into human habitations for water last year and it will hold good for the current season too as there is enough water for them to tide over the harsh summer in the Reserve, which is spread over 893 sq km of core area and 1,122 sq km of buffer. The Tiger Reserve covers areas in Adilabad, Kumram Bheem Asifabad, Mancherial and Nirmal districts, which had once formed undivided Adilabad.

Water will be available for a comparatively longer period in natural water bodies thanks to a prolonged monsoon and also due to the intensified efforts of the Reserve management in making it available through artificially created water holes.

There is water still flowing in the Kadem canal which cuts through the KTR core area and the recent release of water in Saraswati canal from Sri Ram Sagar Project also resulted in water being available from Khanapur in Nirmal district to to Luxettipet in Mancherial.

Water holes

“The high point of construction of artificial water holes in the Reserve this season is the huge saucer pits, 5 m in diameter, meant for the large herds of bisons. As many as 22 of these, each with a capacity to hold a tanker full of water, have been constructed at strategic locations in Mancherial, Jannaram and Kadem in addition to the existing ones which are half the size,” disclosed KTR Field Director C.P. Vinod Kumar as he discussed the water situation in the Reserve.

“Bisons are large animals and move in herds of 15 to 18 requiring enormous quantum of water to quench their thirst. The larger saucer pits will meet that requirement,” the Field Director added as he pointed out at the saturation level of works undertaken to provide water to the wild animals.

Filling up water

All the saucer pits are being cleaned and water filling will start on March 2. The KTR management will also construct temporary bunds across slow moving water inside the core area so that the arrested water becomes a small water body.

“We are rigging 18 new solar bore wells with percolation tanks in addition to the 21 old ones. Three of these are being sunk in Mamda forest in Khanapur Division to make it conducive for tigers to survive,” Mr. Vinod Kumar revealed.

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