NGO members meet with Forest Department
Should increase road connectivity without disturbing wildlife
PUNE: To make amendments in the Urban Forest Policy to preserve the wildlife along with building urban connectivity, Sachin Punekar from Biosphere, a city-based NGO working on the environment met Additional Chief Secretary Pravin Pardeshi, Vivek Khandekar from the Forest Department and other bureaucrats at Yashada recently.
Punekar said, “The basic aim behind the meeting was to frame ideas over urban connectivity without disturbing the wildlife or animal habitat. As there is massive construction activity going on across the city, building roads and connectivity is important without disturbing the ‘tekdis’ or wildlife area.”
“There are several such examples in the western countries about these types of urban road connectivity and we can follow those examples. By doing this, the wildlife around the city will be preserved and human connectivity in these regions will also not be hampered,” Punekar added.
“I have requested the Forest Department to include the suggestions we have given in the city’s development plan,” Punekar added.
Khandekar, the Chief Conservator of Forests, Pune Division, said, “We were also thinking on the same lines to make such provisions and protect the wildlife and animal habitats. We agree on Punekar’s suggestions as we know that no flyovers or underpass has been made without affecting animal life. We would give the ideas a positive thought.”