India: With its iconic bird disappeared, officials contemplate abolishing sanctuary

New Delhi: With the disappearance of the magnificent Great Indian Bustard, it doesn't feel like good news on Earth Day Thursday as the Karera sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh will no longer be a wildlife lovers hotspot.

Following Centre's approval recently of a state government's proposal for denotification the region, comprising nearly 32 villages in and around the area, would be set free for villagers to carry out sale and purchase of land as well as other commercial activities.

The National Board of Wildlife (NBWL) chaired by Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh in a recent meeting approved the state government's proposal to denotify the sanctuary, after its officials said that the bustards were not sighted since 1995 and that most of the land inside the sanctuary sprawling over 202 sq km was private land and people were facing lot of problems.

full story