State to have 2 new reserve forests on 90 hectares
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Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan announced on Thursday that the state government had decided to notify two new reserve forests on land measuring nearly 90 hectares. The famous Tamhini ghat in Pune district (49 hectares) and Ishapur (40 hectares) in Yavatmal district have been selected as the sites for the new reserve forests.
Chavan, who was in Pune to chair a meeting of the Maharashtra State Wildlife Committee, said the Ishapur reserve forest would be a bird sanctuary, while the one being developed at the Tamhini ghat would be more of a general forest.
"The state government also has plans to develop a few wetlands in the state on the lines of Ramsar convention. In view of that, the wetlands of Jayaikwadi, Nandur and Lonar crater lake would be developed. We will be sending a proposal in this regard to the Central government soon," Chavan said while talking to the media.
In order to stop poaching of wild animals, Chavan said, the state government would be strengthening the wildlife protection force.
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