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AP seeks changes in contours of Kolleru sanctuary

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on December 24, 2014




The Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly passed a resolution on Tuesday, requesting the National Board of Wildlife and the Central Empowered Committee for reduction of the boundary of Kolleru Wildlife Sanctuary.

The resolution sought permission to reduce the boundary buffer area of the sanctuary from five feet to three feet.

According to the resolution moved by State Minister for Environment B Gopala Krishna Reddy, the compensation proposed to be paid for acquiring land from the farmers will cause heavy financial burden on the State exchequer.

Kolleru lake was declared a wildlife sanctuary up to a contour of plus-5 feet in 1999 over an area of 30,855,20 hectares. This includes 14,861.33 acres of Ziroyathi land, of which 13,899.47 acres are in West Godavari district and 961.86 acres in Krishna district. The sanctuary is home to diverse species of flora and fauna.

Published on December 24, 2014

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