Nahan: The state wild life department is all set to declare the Simbelwara sanctuary as another national park of the state. Though the wild life department is waiting the clearance from the Supreme Court but sources said that the department was fully confident that in couple of months this sanctuary would be converted into the national park. The Simbelwara sanctuary is contiguous with Raja jee National park of Uttrakhand and Kelesar national park of Haryana so after becoming Simbelwara as a national park the circuit would be best safe haven for wild animals in north India
The Simbelwara sanctuary has certain distinct features as compare to other wild life sanctuary in Himachal. The movement of elephant from the Raja jee national park has become a routine in this sanctuary however the wild life department is also confident about the movement of Tiger in this area.
The migration of elephants in Simbelwara sanctuary was started three years back since than it has become a routine feature for department. Sources told NVO News that for converting Simbelwara sanctuary into the national park the department have already completed the required formalities. As per as the information after becoming the National park the area would be enhanced to 2780 hectares, at present the sanctuary have 1900 hectare land.
According to the further information the department of wild life had made the proposal for national park about three years back. Sources also said that initially the villagers had opposed the enhancing of area but now department have settled down the cases of villagers. At the present time the Simbelwara sanctuary is a safe heaven for Leopards, Pangolin Barking deer, Goharal and Sambhar but in these days too herd of elephants is also fascinating the sanctuary. The Simbelwara sanctuary was came into the existence in 1984-85.
The National park Simbelwara would also benefit the department in many ways, said sources. A construction of corridor is pending for the migration of elephants in Himachal and Haryana so national park would help the department in this case too, said departmental sources.
Sources say this is a wonderful place for the tourist but it needs to be publicizing in many ways. This is the only sanctuary in the hilly state where the elephant heard migrates from the Raja ji national mark. Even the pug mark of the Tiger was also spotted in the kalu reserve forest of the sanctuary in 2006-07
However latest census of the wild life sanctuary was not conducted so far, but according to the available record the presence of pangolin in the wild life sanctuary was recorded in 2006-07 which could be 6 or 7 in the number at present.
According to the further information the number of spotted deer could be 30 to 35 in the wild life sanctuary. Similarly the number of Gorhal could be 45-50 with 35-40 SAMBAHAR in the wild life sanctuary. Interestingly, few years back two pantheons (12 foot long) were also being sighted by the wild life department of the state.
Former member of wild life board and wild animal enthusiast Kanwar Ajay Bhadur Singh has advised the wild life department to construct the bunkers in the wild life area so the tourists could sight the wild animals easily.
When contacted, Principal Chief Conservator of Wild life A.K. Gulati confirmed that the department is likely to get the clearance from a Green bench of the Supreme Court. He said that the department was hoping to get the clearance in August and added that this case was also pending with other cases of rationalization in the Court.
He also said that there would be deletion and addition in the sanctuary areas in Himachal.