Jan 1, 2015
PILIBHIT: The new year will bring with it a host of projects for Pilibhit, the most important among them being to increase the rhinoceros population of the tiger reserve, bringing it at par with other national parks in the country.
Besides, several spots in the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve will be developed for eco-tourism with tie-ups with the ministry of tourism, the minister of state for Khadi and village industries, Haji Riaz Ahmad said during a press conference at Hafiz Rahmat Khan Law College on Wednesday. “People of Pilibhit only believe in creative conversion and they have shown this by getting the forest division converted into a tiger reserve. They will never be scorched in the heat of religious conversion as the people of this district abhor divisive issues,” Ahmad said. He said that the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve would be the main focus in the coming year. “We will launch a rhinoceros project in the wetlands here and develop tourist spots outside the reserve through tie ups with the ministry of tourism.
A training college for providing training in Khadi and village industries would also be taken up along with the induction of a medical college,” the minister said. He added that the state government has given a green signal, in principal, to these initiatives. The minister said that an area of 35 acres in Chaubagi, under PTR, has been finalized for developing a natural habitat for rhinos. “The chief secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government, Alok Ranjan, has also spoken with his counterpart in Assam, requesting him to provide five rhinoceros for PTR. In due course, their natural breeding would increase their population. Once PTR is equipped with this ambitious project, it would be in a position to vie with any other tiger reserve or forest sanctuary in India,” the minister added. Ahmad said that Pilibhit had many picturesque spots around PTR which has natural water bodies, developed due to the retraction of Sharda river, and these would be developed along with resorts, to make the place a tourist attraction. “Because this would be essential for the promotion of eco tourism and to provide good options to tourists, the authorities from the Union ministry of tourism would be invited to Pilibhit to explore the related possibilities and to take the best possible initiatives in this direction.” He added that the training college for Khadi and village Industries would be established at the district headquarters in 2015 and would be aimed at helping hone skills of unemployed youths. “In due course of time, this process would strengthen the industrial growth of Pilibhit,” he added while asserting his commitment to managing the development of a medical college in the district in the next year. Responding to a question from a media person, the minister slammed Bajrang Dal and other pro-Hindu organizations, which have been involved in the controversy surrounding the Bollywood film, PK. “When the complete process, starting from the approval of the script and concluding with the final permission for release, is overseen by the censor board and the ministry of information and broadcasting, why can’t Bajrang Dal members accept it. Why don’t they burn effigies of the Centre, which oversees the project, or of BJP leader L K Advani who said that PK did not reflect any wrong or objectionable message,” the minister said.
As posted in Timesofindia.indiatimes.com