Future of Kawal wildlife sanctuary Andhra Pradesh
Are you interested to know more about Kawal wildlife sanctuary which will be one of the future tiger reserves of Andhra Pradesh state, India? If yes, read this article to know more about this sanctuary regarding its location, best time to visit, flora and fauna, accommodation, tiger census, address and telephone, tiger reserve project, anti-kawal tiger reserve fight and many more!
Kawal wildlife sanctuary that covers an area of 893 sq.km is located in the Adialbad district of Andhra Pradesh state, India. This is one of the richest teak forests of Andhra Pradesh in India. The best season to visit Kawal wildlife sanctuary is November to May. This sanctuary was established in the year 1964.
The flora of this wild life sanctuary includes dry deciduous teak forests mixed with cassias, bamboo, terminalia, pterocarpus, anogeisus and fauna includes tiger, panther, cheetal, sambhar, barking deer, mouse deer, sloth bear, birds and reptiles. If you wish to visit this wildlife sanctuary of Andhra Pradesh, then accommodation are available in Jannaram and Mancherial respectively. The nearest airport to Kawal wildlife sanctuary is Hyderabad which is located at a distance of 260km by road but from Mancherial, this sanctuary is located at a distance of 50kms. Starting from 1 May 2012, the Andhra Pradesh Forest Department will be initiating a week long tiger census by picking up and documenting the trails left by tigers in Kawal wildlife sanctuary.
Contact Kawal wildlife sanctuary
Divisional forest officer(wildlife management),
Forest range officer, Jannaram.
Kawal sanctuary to become a tiger reserve
In the year 2011, assembly speaker Nadendla Manohar informed about the decision of central government to recognize this Kawal sanctuary as a tiger reserve. After the Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam stretch of forest, Kawal will be the second tiger reserve of Andhra Pradesh state, India. The speaker also informed that this sanctuary would be entitled to a large quantum of funds from the centre following the recognition as a tiger reserve. He told that a portion of the funds will be used for relocating 2 villages within the sanctuary so as to have a contiguous forest while a compensation of Rs 10 lakh per earning member in a family will be paid for relocation. Andhra Pradesh government decided to spend Rs 25 crore from Vana Samrakshana Samiti funds for developing this forest. At the same time the tourism department decided to develop the forest as an eco-tourism spot.
I think by reading this article regarding Kawal wildlife sanctuary, you all got a small idea regarding it. But now there is latest news related to this sanctuary. So without wasting your time, read the rest of this article where you will be able to understand some important facts behind it.
Anti-kawal tiger reserve fight by Osmania university students
Against the decision to declare Kawal wildlife sanctuary as a tiger reserve, Osmania university students along with several tribal groups have decided to take up cudgels against the move. As a part of this anti-kawal tiger reserve fight, the students from Osmania University have started touring villages and conducting door-to door campaign against this tiger reserve. What may be the factors that lead to an anti-kawal tiger reserve fight? I hope, all of you after reading the above mentioned points, which states a large amount of money will be given as compensation to the villagers, may be surprised about this anti reserve fight.
According to Vidyarthi Vedika district president, this money would not change the lives of adivasis. As we all know, their lives are always revolving around the forest and its produce. Another fact pointed by Jagan, OU JAC Chaiman was that before acquiring any land in the scheduled areas for developing any project, gram sabhas or panchayats should be consulted as per the PESA act 1996. He said that in the case of developing this kawal wildlife sanctuary as a tiger reserve, the forest officials did not bother to consult a single village panchayat. But in a recent press conference held in Hyderabad, Hitesh Malhotra, the principal chief conservator of forests informed that there was no proposal to shift any village or habitation from the area. Anyway we have to wait and see the future of Kawal wildlife sanctuary.