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Forest department takes up Nongin Conservation at Shirui

 Source: Imphal Free Press                                                                                                                   

IMPHAL | Apr 3 : State forest department has initiated action on long cherished dream of villagers of Shirui village by laying the foundation stone of “Conservation Breeding Centre of the State Bird – Nongin (Mrs. Hume’s Pheasant)” today. Principal chief conservator of forests and HoFF, KereilhouviAngami laid the foundation stone of the centre in presence of Ato Headman and Aze Headman of Shirui village, local Pastor, CCF (CAMPA), H. Brajamani Sharma, CCF (wildlife), Anurag Bajpai, CCF (administration and planning), Soreiphy Vashum, RS, DFO (wildlife), Arun, DFO (Ukhrul), Shanngam, ACF (wildlife), W. Romabai, members of Shirui Students’ body among others. Six hectares land has been donated by the G.A Shimray and M. Vaca of Shirui Village for this noble cause. Shirui is the native area of the state bird Nongin and it is listed under Schedule-I of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The species listed under Schedule-I are on high priority of conservation, said release. PCCF and HOFF, Kereilhouvi Angami, said it is a remarkable contribution of villagers of Shirui in the history of Manipur, who have come forward for conservation of the state bird Nongin with a commitment to conserve forests and wildlife. He assured the villagers that forest department will take up this project on priority and come up to the expectations of the Shirui people. He conveyed the gathering that the present state government is committed to ensure development in hill districts. It also stated that Anurag Bajpai, CCF (wildlife) informed the gathering that the project has been in-principle agreed by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) for funding on sharing basis from 2018-19. A plan of about Rs. 2.50 Crore has already been sent to CZA for approval. The remaining funding would flow from State’s resources and CAMPA. He added that the project aims to develop conservation breeding centre along with eco-tourism in Shirui and the plan has been formulated accordingly. Later, the official team under PCCF & HOFF including Ukhrul Forest Staff inspected the dried up water points in Shirui to revive them with technical interventions during current year. Thereafter, the team trekked to the Shirui peak and inspected the trek route to ensure smooth flow of tourists during the forthcoming Shirui festival.