Parambikulam sanctuary in Kerala to be made a tiger reserve

September 2nd, 2008 - 9:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Palakkad, Sep 2 (IANS) Kerala Forest Minister Binoy Viswom Tuesday said the Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary here would be declared a tiger reserve soon. The minister was talking to reporters after launching safari buses at the sanctuary.

“The process to declare the sanctuary a tiger reserve is in the final stage,” Viswom said, adding no tribal family will be shifted from the region for the purpose of creating the tiger reserve.

“If somebody wants to shift from the place voluntarily, the government will rehabilitate them,” the minister said.

The minister said a buffer zone has to be created for the tiger reserve. A meeting of village council would be called to elicit people’s opinion before announcing the tiger reserve, he added.

Parambikulam sanctuary is around 100 km from the Palakkad town, the district headquarters.

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