70th Standing Committee meeting of National Board for Wildlife
Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupender Yadav chaired the 70th Standing Committee meeting of the National Board for Wildlife on 13 October, 2022.
Various policy matters related to wildlife conservation and protection of Great Indian Bustard were discussed in the meeting.
During the meeting the state governments of Gujarat, Karnataka and Maharashtra were requested to submit proposals for setting up conservation breeding centres for Great Indian Bustards in their respective states.
Considering the need for uninterrupted mobile connectivity in nine tribal villages in the Narmada and Vadodara districts of Gujarat and the nearby villages of the Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh, the Standing Committee recommended the construction of telecom towers and the laying of optical fiber cables.
The committee also recommended the construction of a bridle track from Rambara to Garud Chatti in Uttarakhand.
The committee has also recommended the development of ropeway between Sonprayag to Kedarnath Dham in Rudraprayag district of Uttarakhand for the convenience of thousands of pilgrims visiting Kedarnath during Kedarnath Yatra.
About National Board for Wildlife (NBWL)
It is a statutory Board constituted in 2003 under the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972.
It is presided over by the Prime Minister.
It is responsible for promoting the conservation and development of wildlife and forests.
This board performs the role of 'advisory' and advises the state governments on policy making for the conservation of wildlife.
The Standing Committee of NBWL is chaired by the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
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