CHANDIGARH: As part of the third phase of the Gavialis Gangeticus rehabilitation project, the government of Punjab, as part of the third phase of the Gavialis Gangeticus rehabilitation project, released on Sunday 24 “gharials” in the Beas river near the village from Kulla Fatta to Tanda.
Forestry and Labor Minister Sangat Singh Gilzian said the state government is concerned with protecting these massive reptiles, which are on the brink of extinction, and taking persistent initiatives to save them.
The Punjab government’s wildlife department is continuously working on establishing the crocodile’s breeding population, said the minister, who was accompanied by the head of forests and the wildlife keeper.
The Minister of Forests has also launched a mobile app to issue wildlife hunting permits and ammunition licenses to people within a 10 km radius of the wildlife sanctuary for the convenience of the population. He said now the process for CNOs to get a license has been made easier for people. He said that the crocodile species is on the verge of extinction globally and that this species is now only found in the world in certain rivers in northern India, Ganges, Yamuna, Chambal. , Bangladesh and Nepal.
He informed that the gharial was common in the Beas River until 1960 and that since then work has been undertaken for its protection in the Punjab.
The minister said a joint investigation by the Forestry Department and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF India) finds that gharials are spreading across the Beas River and there is an increase of 40 to 50% of the population of this reptile because of the sincere efforts of the Department.
He informed that as part of the first phase of this project, 47 gharials were released earlier in the Beas conservation reserve in the districts of Amritsar and Tarn Taran during the year 2017-18 and in the framework of the second phase of the year 2020-21 with the Salemupar and Tahli forest of Hoshiarpur District. Apparently, in the area of the Beas conservation reserve, 23 reptiles were released selecting here an island favorable to gharials.
Minister Sangat Singh also launched the “Ghadiyal Coffee Table Book” prepared by the Wildlife Wing, which highlights the expansion of the Ghadiyal rehabilitation project and the efforts of the government of Punjab.
Apart from that, he launched a new website of the wildlife wing of the Punjab Forestry and Wildlife Preservation Department https://wildlife.punjab.gov.in/index, so that people can retrieve information on protected areas and other information relating to wildlife areas. .