The Gujarat forest department wants about 3,000 hectares of revenue land near the Bustard Sanctuary in Naliya taluk of Kutch district to be converted into forest land to save the crtitically endangered Great Indian Bustard.
“We have written to the revenue department to convert the revenue land adjoining the Bustard Sanctuary (in Naliya taluk of Kutch) to forest land which could be used for conservation of the Great Indian Bustard. We are yet to get any reply from revenue department with regard to the letter,” Chief Conservator of Forests, Kutch D. K. Sharma told PTI.
It should be noted that, just recently, the IUCN Red List for birds, released by BirdLife International uplisted the Great Indian Bustard (Ardeotis nigriceps) to Critically Endangered, the highest level of threat.
Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh had also written to the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to convert the revenue land to forest land for conservation of the GIB and thereby prevent its extinction from Gujarat.