EXPERTS PITCH FOR EXPANSION OF BHIMGAD SANCTUARY
The Bhimgad sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards cheetah & the king cobra. Deforestation is posing a threat to the wildlife.
There are four national highways,three state highways & two railway tracks here. Apart from these, there’s rampant tree felling, resorts & quarrying in Khanapur taluk.
The decline in rainfall along Sahyadri ranges & in Khanapur taluk has created water scarcity in Belagavi, Gadag, Dharwad & Bagalkot districts as most of these districts are totally depended on the rivers & streams which originate from the forest area in and around Khanapur taluk.
Deforestation has also led to tigers & other predators losing their habitat,and there has been increased human-animal conflict in the area & now the environmentalists are demanding expansion of bhimgad, wildlife sanctuary.
More than 6 rivers including Malaprabha, Mahadayi,Pandari, Markandeya, Tillari Bailnadi originate from this forest area. Hence considering the impact on dry land, government should try to expand the Bhimgad wildlife sanctuary at least to counter the decline in rainfall, said the environmentalists giridhar Kulkarni, Prof SY Prabhu & Aruth Charanthimath.