Gallery for wild tigers at Ranthambhore soon

Special Correspondent

Plan to develop a 5-10 km area in such a way that tigers can be seen from outside

A corridor to the Park linking the forest areas of Khandaar and Darrah to be developed

Bharatpur Collector told to deal strictly with the illegal mining activities

JAIPUR: The Rajasthan Government proposes to create a gallery for wild tigers on the periphery of the Ranthambhore National Park so that those who visit the area with the sole purpose of sighting the wild cats could watch them without entering the park. The concept is to develop a 5-10 km area on the outskirts of the park in such a way that tigers can be viewed from outside.

The decision was taken on the second day of the Collectors’ conference here on Tuesday, addressed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

“It is a sort of safari park,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Singh Rathore said briefing the media in the evening. He did not elaborate but said the move was to save the park from increasing tourist traffic. The Government was also planning to develop a corridor to the Ranthambhore National Park linking the forest areas of Khandaar and Darrah, he informed.

On the environment front, there was both good news and bad news as the conference decided to take steps to re-regulate forest areas in the State which did not have wild animals or trees.

On the positive side, the Chief Minister directed the Bharatpur Collector to deal strictly with the illegal mining activities going on in the Braj Chourasi parikrama (the circumambulation route of Lord Krishna’s birthplace) belt in the neighbourhood in Kaman tehsil. Action would be taken for the closure of stone crushing units operating without valid licence in the area.

Mr. Rathore said the Government in the coming few months would give maximum priority to implementation of the decisions taken by it in public interest in the past. This included early clearance of pending revenue cases in various revenue courts. To ensure fast redress of public grievances, the Government has set up a monitoring committee headed by Rakesh Hooja, Director-General of the Rajasthan Institute of Public Administration. One Collector from each of the divisions in the State would be member of the committee.

Quoting Ms. Raje, the Minister said the Collectors have been asked to adopt Karnataka pattern in involving private participation in the running of schools. “It is known as Kamath model and would have philanthropists adopting schools for providing computer education to children,” Mr.Rathore said. Rajasthan has PPP (public-private participation) model in school management in some of the districts though this would be slightly different from the existing model, he observed.

The Collectors have also been asked to carry out a survey of school premises to ensure that high-tension electricity wires do not pass over the school buildings.

The Chief Minister also hinted at revamping and reorganisation of the administrative structures in certain districts for facilitating smoother governance at tehsil and panchayati samiti levels.

The restructuring would ensure that the tehsil headquarter and the panchayati samiti headquarter existed at the same place.