After fire razes Bodi forest, govt bans all trekking activities in state

CHENNAI/COIMBATORE/ TRICHY: Two days after a hearth destroyed a large swathe of woodland in the Kozhukkumalai hills close to Bodi of Theni district and claimed 11 lives, the woodland department on Monday banned trekking in the state until additional orders.
In tips circulated to all district woodland officers (DFOs), natural world wardens (WWs) and deputy directors (DDs) of tiger reserves, it mentioned motion of individuals of the general public in woodland spaces is henceforth banned with out prior permission. All programmes, involving public amassing in woodland spaces, were put on cling.

No permission will have to be regarded as for trekking all over the dry season under any circumstances, it mentioned. DFOs, WWs and DDs will have to severely overview the hearth sensitivity of the world the place visitors are to be taken, assess safety sides, and will have to reopen the world only when they are satisfied it's protected.

Before tourists or common individuals of the general public are accepted entry to a woodland area, they will have to be sensitised in regards to the terrain, natural world motion and doable fire danger and all precautionary measures will have to be enforced. Officials will have to make sure that availability of searchlights, fire-fighting gear, first-aid kits, water and food for visitors before allowing them inside of, it mentioned.

Inflammable subject matter comparable to lighters and match bins will have to no longer be allowed to be carried inside the woodland by the visitors. Officials will have to check other folks for such subject matter before they are let in. Forest body of workers on duty will have to take all precautionary measures to ensure the protection of holiday makers, the circular said. They can take the assistance of woodland dwellers to alert them about fires and to teach them techniques to forestall them, it mentioned.

Following the information, woodland officials in Coimbatore banned trekking in both Coimbatore and in the Nilgiris woodland divisions. Coimbatore conservator of forests S Ramasubramanian mentioned in Coimbatore circle just about 113.5 hectares of woodland had been destroyed in 72 fires in 2017. “This year, already 22 woodland fire incidents had been reported in Coimbatore circle in the closing two months and 34.1 hectares of woodland had been destroyed. There was no casualty in those incidents,” he mentioned.

In Trichy, Patchamalai hills is the one place the place trekking was allowed formally. Here, the department was promoting eco-tourism by putting in place tree peak houses. There has been excellent response from trekkers against the eco-tourism undertaking but it was stopped since Tuesday as a precautionary measure until additional orders, mentioned district woodland officer D Sujatha. Tourists will probably be allowed to stay at tree-top houses at Top Sengattupatti in Patchamalaim, she mentioned.

This a part of the Eastern Ghats does no longer face the issue of woodland fire, as maximum of its crops stays green right through the year. Moreover, a hearth line has been created for roughly 55km on either side of the roads leading to Patchamalai, as a precautionary effort, she mentioned.

The Karnataka state chief natural world warden additionally issued a circular about limiting the movemernt of other folks on nature walk trails.
After fire razes Bodi forest, govt bans all trekking activities in state After fire razes Bodi forest, govt bans all trekking activities in state Reviewed by kailash soni on March 14, 2018 Rating: 5
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