Suchandana Gupta,TNN | Jul 30, 2014, 10.09 PM ISTBHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi as chief minister of Gujarat would not part with the state's Asiatic lions. And Madhya Pradesh has been seeking the king of the jungle for its Palpur-Kuno National Park for the past 15 years.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, however, is now
hopeful that as PM, Narendra Modi would not object to a second home for
the lions. On Wednesday, minister of forests Gauri Shankar Shejwar said
that the state has asked for Rs 59 crore from the Centre to make
Palpur-Kuno an appropriate home for Asiatic lions.
"It has been
recommended by experts that Asiatic lions need a second habitation just
in case a major epidemic breaks out in Gir. It is to ensure the safety
of the species. While we sent the proposal for funds to the Centre,
chief minister Chouhan has asked the forest department to invest its own
Rs 30 crore and start the rehabilitation of two villages that would get
displaced if lions come to the national park," the forest minister