National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has on Tuesday asked all states to close down tiger reserves, national parks, and sanctuaries till its further orders citing Covid-19 infection as reason behind death of a lioness inside a zoo in Chennai.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has decided to request the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MOEFCC) to reconsider NTCA’s order following objections raised by top wildlife and forest officers here, said sources.
Principal secretary (forest department) Ashok Barnwal told TOI that the state government has initiated correspondence to get NTCA’s order revoked.
“Holding tourism activities in these areas would only create man-animal conflict situations around the national parks and tiger reserves. We are communicating with the centre for reconsideration of NTCA’s order. Till…