By: Pune Pulse
July 3, 2023
Pune: “The Bavdhan Wildlife Treatment Centre in Pune will be a great facility for the treatment of the injured and suffering wildlife. It is a matter of pride for Maharashtra. Efforts should be made to make it the best treatment facility in the country,” said Maharashtra state Forest Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar.
Mungantiwar was speaking at the inauguration of the wildlife treatment centre constructed by the forest department at Bavdhan forest area on NDA road. The program was attended by MLA Bhimrao Tapkir, Pune Region Regional Chief Conservator of Forest NR Praveen, Regional Conservator of Forests Rahul Patil, Assistant Conservator of Forests Mayur Bothe, Forestry and Eco-Tourism Assistant Conservator of Forests Deepak Pawar were present.
Mungantiwar said that nature has created a beautiful creation. It is the responsibility of humans to protect the birds and animals of this creation. Wild animals also have the right to live. Through massive deforestation, humans have neglected wildlife. This treatment centre has been established in a scenic location and around 400 injured wild animals can be treated here. In the first phase of this treatment centre, about Rs 28 crore have been spent and in the second phase, a proposal of about Rs 38 crore will be approved for the construction of various facilities. He expressed confidence that the work of the second phase will also be completed in time.
Mungantiwar also said that concrete measures have been taken to protect and conserve wildlife through the Forest Department in Maharashtra.
India has given the model of forest management to the world. As the balance of the environment is deteriorating day by day, there is a need to plant more trees to maintain it. On this occasion, Mungantiwar appealed to everyone to contribute to the tree plantation. He said that on the occasion of the Amrit Jubilee years of Independence, ‘Amrit Forest Park’ initiative is being implemented and 400 trees of rare species, important trees and medicinal plants of Maharashtra will be planted.
MLA Bhimrao Tapkir said that the pending works of the forest department in the Warje, Taljai and Sinhagad areas should be completed immediately and the citizens should be provided with comfortable facilities. Conservator of Forests Rahul Patil said in the introduction that there was a need for a centre for the treatment of animals and that it was the largest treatment centre in Maharashtra.
The program was attended by a large number of forest department officials, employees and citizens. Mungantiwar planted trees on the premises of the centre and inspected various facilities in the treatment centre and took the information. Officers and staff of the forest department were felicitated with mementoes for their outstanding performance.