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Tripura sanctuary to get face-lift

By Correspondent

AGARTALA, Aug 14 � The Sipahijala Wildlife Sanctuary is all set to get a major face-lift with the authority gearing up for overall development of Tripura�s best wildlife sanctuary.

Following a directive from the Central Zoo Authority (CZA), the authority of sanctuary has already sent a master plan to the Ministry of Forest & Environment.

A high-level team of CZA in its recent visit to Sipahijala sanctuary has prescribed immediate attention to animals caged in different enclosures and relocation of some cages.

Confirming the move, Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) Sunatan Talukdar on Wednesday said that the approval of the master plan is in the pipeline.

�The CZA had already examined the master plan prepared by the Forest officials and it is expected to get the nod of the competent authority within this year,� he said.

On the highlights of the master plan, Talukdar said, �The main focus was given on proper conservation of endangered wild animals by providing better food, shelter and healthcare.�

As per the CZA guideline, almost all the cages will be relocated with wide space so that animals could feel comfortable even within the cages, he said adding that there would be no need to acquire land for implementing the master plan.

When asked about the funding, Talukdar said that the entire process is under consideration of the Centre as well as CZA. �Normally, fund doesn�t appear as constraint in taking up development work,� he added.

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