Tiger panel to hold talks with Dandeli foresters
Paul Fernandes3 October 2009, 05:12am IST
PANAJI: Though Goa does not have a tiger reserve, the Delhi-based National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) will discuss the February 2009 tiger killing in Keri shortly with authorities of the Dandeli-Anshi tiger reserve in Karnataka. This is part of the Centre’s efforts to ascertain the reasons for the continuing deaths of big cats all over the country.
In a telephonic conversation with TOI on Friday, NTCA member secretary, Dr Rajesh Gopal said, “Goa is not a tiger reserve, but we will discuss the tiger killing (in Keri) with Dandeli authorities.” An NTCA official is likely to visit Goa after the Dandeli meeting, but this meeting is yet to be confirmed. Goa’s forest department officials meanwhile, say they have not received any information yet about the NTCA meeting with Dandeli officials. “We have not yet been informed,” a source in the Chief Conservator of Forest’s office told TOI.
NTCA is a statutory body of the ministry of environment and forest and since September 18 has been meeting with directors of tiger reserves across the country following the central government taking serious note of tiger deaths crossing 50 this year. In May this year, the authority had expressed dissatisfaction with the Goa forest department, as the latter had not informed it about the Keri tiger poaching case. It was foresters from Karnataka who had actually informed the NTCA about the case.