Among the first players to in the private sector to move on the conservation front is Aircel, which is partnering the state government’s tiger conservation project in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
In an unprecedented move the government of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has invited participation of the private sector in its efforts to conserve the ‘state’s flora and fauna’. A state environment official said on Monday that “the state welcomes all corporates to support its efforts to preserve the ecology under their corporate social responsibility activities.”
The government will be spending Rs 259 crore this year on conservation of its environment and forests—Rs 161 more than the last representing a 60 per cent jump.
Among the first players from the private sector to move on the conservation front is Aircel, which is partnering the state government’s tiger conservation project in the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve in association with the Wildlife Trust of India. The reserve is estimated to have 115 tigers according to the 2010 census in the terai region.
Under the project Aircel will set up a rapid response team (RRT) and primary response teams backed by vans equipped with darting, trapping and rescue equipment. Aircel supports several RRTs and 39 tiger reserves and sanctuaries across the country.
Besides, the state government has earmarked Rs 20 crore and Rs 16 crore for the Lucknow and Kanpur zoos respectively this year. Another Rs 5 crore would be spent on the proposed zoo to be set up in Gorakhpur.
Officials here informed that the state government has already issued notification regarding a special force for tiger protection, wherein sleuths would be put on deputation. Besides, the proposed lion safari in Etawah district is likely to be gather steam soon.