- Sun,05 Mar 2017
Summary: "This is so because it was protected by the forest department and by dedicated staff at all levels. Junagadh: Rajendra Dethadiya, 65, retired as forester from the state forest department. "Today Gir is lush green and a dense forest," Dethadiya said. He knows each and every corner of the 182-square-km of the sanctuary.He said that as he had spent his entire life with Gir animals, he is emotionally attached to them. But this has not dimmed his love for the Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary.Junagadh: Rajendra Dethadiya, 65, retired as forester from the state forest department. But this has not dimmed his love for the Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary. He joined the department as forest guard in 1978 and, in 1984, one of his hands was mutilated while fighting wood smugglers in the sanctuary.Even now he continues his fight to save the pristine beauty of the forest.
He says a true nature lover never retires.Dethadiya is unhappy over the allotment of land close to the sanctuary for setting up Bhakt Kavi Narsinh Mehta University. The allotted land falls in what is known as lions' corridor of Gir. He is one of the three petitioners who have filed a PIL in Gujarat high court against the government's decision to allot this land to a proposed university."Today Gir is lush green and a dense forest," Dethadiya said.