AHMEDABAD: The central government has accepted Gujarat's demand for conducting more studies on behaviour of local people and the habitat at Kuno-Palpur in Madhya Pradesh before Gir lions can be translocated to the sanctuary.
Union minister for environment and forests Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday refused to give any time frame for translocation of lions to Kuno-Palpur.The minister informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply to the question raised by Madhya Pradesh MPs Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia and Uttar Pradesh MP Jagdambika Pal.
In a written reply, Javdvekar said the Madhya Pradesh government also needs to enlarge its sanctuary from the present 350 sq km to 700 sq km.
The 12-member expert committee formed by the Gujarat Government after the Supreme Court judgment April 2013 ordering translocation had stated that the translocation should be done as per the fresh guidelines issued by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The Union government stated that the entire translocation project encompasses action for 25 years. The shifting of a few Asiatic lions from Gir National Park area to Palpur-Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in M P is a longterm affair starting from preparation of the translocation area in MP for receiving the lions, selection of animals in Gujarat for translocation and process for translocation.