Apex tiger body praised top forest officer who was transferred

Apex tiger body praised top forest officer who was transferred

Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-06-11 10:10 Bengaluru: The sudden transfer of BB Mallesh, former Conservator of Forests and Director of Bandipur tiger reserve, for dereliction of duty gets even more mysterious if one goes into a report by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).Bringing down the number of fire watchers may have become the ground for transferring Mallesh, but the NTCA had appreciated the same officer’s protection efforts.The team headed by Inspector General of Forests PS Somashekar had lauded the former director's efforts in preventing villagers from entering forests for firewood, use of special tiger protection force for protection and other purposes, and for filling up of lakes with rainwater to ensure adequate water for animals during summer.BB Mallesh The team, which visited the park in the month of November 2015, visited Melukamanahally Check post (CP), NH 67 to Thorepally (CP), Kekkanahalla (CP) to Theppakadu (CP) in Madumalai tiger reserve.The team also reviewed Office of the Director (Project Tiger) Bandipur tiger reserve, Range Forest Office, Kundakere, works of the Anti-Poaching Camps (APC) for the year 2015-16, Gopalaswamy betta, Bolugudda (APC), Vollakallare APC, Chigarekadu, Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) at Melukamanahalli and Kaniyanapura corridor.Accordingly, the NTCA team observed that all anti-poaching camps had been provided with android phones, wireless communication network and other state-of-the-art equipment. “The cell phones are connected with ‘huli’ software to monitor the details of patrolling as well as animal monitoring data,” the report says.Though the NTCA points to Vollakallare and Chigarekadu APCs, where patrolling log book was not maintained properly, it has suggested that this can be set right by providing printed log sheets as per the guidelines of the NTCA.Visiting water bodies such as Hulikatte in Gopalaswamy betta, Somaiah kere, Subbrayanakatte, Anekatte, Basavanakatte, Karigowdanakatte, Nanjapura kere, and other places, the team noted, “It has been seen that a good water level is maintained in all these water bodies. The director of the reserve had taken up repairing work of feeders to existing water bodies this time so that they get sufficient flow from the nearby catchment areas. With this there may not be water crisis in the coming summer season in the reserve.”The NTCA team in its report expressed its satisfaction over the conflict management by the tiger reserve by fencing 217.50 km and maintaining the roads along the solar fence and digging elephant prevention trench for 175 km.The team also appreciated the effort of STPF, which has registered about 21 cases since its inception in the year 2011. Pointing out that of the eight tigers which died since 2014, six deaths were due to natural reasons while two succumbed to territorial fights.The team also expressed its happiness over the activities initiated by ‘Namma Sangha’ along with forest department, wherein it is distributing LPG gas cylinders to the fringe villages for a reasonable cost, by terming it as a remarkable achievement.