Odisha asks officials for comprehensive wildlife management plan in coal block areas

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Government today directed its officials for a comprehensive wildlife management plan for newly allotted coal block areas in Angul district.

Chairing a high level meeting through hybrid mode from Lok Seva Bhawan conference hall, Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra directed the forest department to prepare the plan through national level institutes like Wildlife Institute of India or Indian Institute of Science.

Additional Chief Secretary Forest and Environment Satyabrata Sahu, who was present at the meeting, outlined the issues for discussion.

The newly allotted coal blocks included Utkal E coal, Radhikapur East Coal, Radhikapur West coal, and Naini coal blocks. Mohapatra stressed on executing wildlife management plan in probable impact areas included Chhendipada, Kaniha, Jarpada ranges of Angul division, and Reamal range of Deogarh division.

He directed to work out the comprehensive plan for protection and conservation of wildlife and mitigation of the adverse impact of coal mining on movement of elephants. He asked to prepare the plan as per national guidelines in a time bound manner.

Principal Secretary Steel and Mines Deo Ranjan Kumar Singh and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests (HoFF) Debidatta Biswal among the senior officials of concerned departments were present at the meeting.

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