Bravo to the gypsies locked up in Tadoba | Nagpur News

Nagpur: The intention of the management of the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) to modify and lock up the Gypsys following the death of Ranger Swati Dhumane has not been well received by lovers of wildlife. Dhumane was maimed by popular park tigress Maya in the central area on November 20.
On Monday, Tadoba Forest Conservator (CF) and Field Director Jitendra Ramgaonkar had discussions with the Tadoba Gypsy Association and asked for suggestions to cover all safari vehicles to ensure the safety of tourists. There are 120 Gypsies operating in the heart and 150 in the buffer zones.
Ramgaonkar said, “In order to make the wildlife safari safer, we have invited manufacturers, engineers and mechanics to install safety enclosures. These designs should be economical and not interfere with viewing.
The best design will be awarded Rs 25,000 by a committee made up of RTO officers, police and forestry officers, as well as selected stakeholders. Drawings must be submitted by December 20. Participants will have to pay an entrance fee of Rs 1,000 to the TATR Foundation.
Ramgaonkar said, “We have to start somewhere. I don’t know what the end result will be, but we need to protect the tourists before an untoward incident ever happens.
After the death of Dhumane, the management of Tadoba made decisions which were described as “reflexes” by the fauna. First, he closed the Pandharpaoni road to tourists, then he issued guidelines for field staff and also suspended the tiger census by the transect line method. Then he issued a notice to raise funds through crowdfunding to help those close to Dhumne’s family. This was stopped after opposition from Chandrapur’s Guardian Minister Vijay Waddetiwar.
While management’s intentions may be good, there are also signs of panic. “Considering that the vehicles in Tadoba venture too close to the tigers, shrinking them for space, slight modifications in the gypsies, without compromising the tourist experience, can be introduced. The best option is to regulate tourism by maintaining a safe distance from the tigers, ”said wildlife photographer Sarosh Lodhi.
“This decision reflects unnecessary panic. Maya has a story of three human deaths in the park. The worst was that of December 2020 when it recruited a worker from a group of 20 to 25 women working in the field in the Bamangaon area of ​​the park. If the management was serious, then it should have taken drastic measures itself, ”said former forestry officials.
Regular tourist Dr Kartikeya Chaturvedi said: “Instead of modifying vehicles, the park should discipline tourists, guides and drivers. There should be strict enforcement. More than tourists, the park must think of the field staff who are more vulnerable.
Wildlife lover Vinit Arora also disapproves of this decision. “Dhumane’s death is an abnormal mishap. Previously, many foresters had faced such situations, but handled them well with presence of mind. If the first car on a train is responsible for accidents, will you stop tying it up? All over the world, parks are deploying open gypsies for safaris, ”said Arora.
Hyderabad-based wildlife photographer Sanjeev Siva said: “There is overcrowding in Tadoba and it puts stress on the animals. The park should take action to regulate tourism instead of caging tourists. Already more tourists are visiting the buffer zone due to the low number of sightings in the core. Maya is 11 years old and is declining. The modification of the vehicles would affect a number of tourists in the long term. ”
The head of the Gypsy association, Sanjay Mankar, said: “If the decision is forced on us, we will have to follow it. Covering safari vehicles would seriously harm tourism. This will be counterproductive because the vehicles will get closer to the animals because there will be no fear. ”

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