As the human-wildlife conflict rose in Gir National Park, Gujarat, wildlife activists have urged Gujarat High Court to direct a clean-cut policy. A retired IFS officer was the key person for this activity as he convinced other wildlife activists to appeal for the clean-cut policy. Besides this polity, the Gujarat High Court also ordered to prepare a new management plan.
The retired IFS officer, DM Naik, had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in August 2020 along with Mayank Bhatt, a wildlife activist, and Ramesh Raval, a retired teacher. Then the court sent notices to the respondent in September 2020. And the forest department officials were included there. However, the court has not filed any affidavit yet.
The key agenda of the petition was to protect local villagers and even tourists. The local villagers have witnessed many incidents where the wild animals are moving out from the Gir Forest. It has become hard for tourists to enter the surrounding of this national park when making a Gir Safari Booking. Even when they want to stay in the local villages of this forest, they are feeling unsafe.
As the number of lions has been increased, it had become an essential task to take advanced strategist to protect locals as we as tourists in the Gir National Park. DM Naik arranged the PIL to urge the high court of Gujarat for this. They proposed that the area apart from declared sanctuaries and national park areas must be protected.
Some areas like Surendranagar, Bhavnagar, and Amreli have been faced incidents like lions moving out from the core forest. Not just these events scare villagers; they can be very dangerous for them. So, these places must be protected as soon as possible.
As for tourists, this issue is also scaring them to enter the Gir Forest to have an excellent jeep safari experience. The increase of lions has become a severe issue for tourists as they move around in some unprotected areas freely rather than the core forest and national park area.
To conclude, we can say that the PIL is essential to protect people from wild animals of Gir National Park. The sooner the forest department is taking new strategies to increase protection, the better they can block uncertain incidents caused by wild animals in this area.