Villagers Happily Move Out Of Melghat Tiger Landscape

Three villages in the Wan sanctuary, in the Melghat Tiger Reserve have successfully and willingly relocated to new areas outside the reserve. Other villages have also petitioned the forest department to rehabilitate them. 350 families from Amona, Nagartas, Bharukheda have moved with a relocation package of Rs. 10 lakhs per adult and free land for a house. All three villages are now closer to their administrative headquarters and all the people have better access to healthcare, education, courts, and other amenities, etc. The vacated forests also see much lower grazing pressure, with around 3000 head of cattle moving out. The villagers had also used to ignore forest fires for tendu harvest, the numbers of which would now reduce drastically.

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