CNP, NA launch special patrol ahead of milestone

  • 1,000 days of zero poaching
- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, CHITWAN

Jan 3, 2017-As the Chitwan National Park is poised to mark 1,000 days of zero poaching on January 26, the park authority and the Nepal Army are working together to ensure no animals are hunted down in the run-up to the milestone.

The CNP and the NA have come up with “Operation Mega Hunt” under which the NA is assigned the task of coordinating an extensive patrolling mission inside 

the park. 

The mission kicked off on December 30 with the NA setting up six patrolling units and base camps to cover 

the park’s territory, said Mahdav Thapa of the NA’s Shree Jung Battalion based inside the CNP.     

One hundred NA soldiers from the Shree Jung Battalion Mahendra Battalion, Bharatpur; Barakh Battalion, Birgunj; and Indrabaksh Battalion, Rautahat have been deployed for the mission. The patrolling units are also assisted by trained canines.

Thapa said a military intellegence support group has been set up to help the patrolling teams.

The NA has also set up  five companies at Amaltari, Babai, Meghauli, Sauraha and Khagendra Malli to monitor the patrolling using “Real Time Patrol Monitoring System”. Thapa said patrolling the park was important at this time of the year when the poachers are usually active during this period.

To help the NA teams, the CNP has also mobilised its own patrolling troops comprising the park staff and local youths.

Ram Chandra Kandel, the park’s conservation officer, said as many as 150 patrols are being conducted daily on foot, bicycles, motorcycles, jeeps, elephants and boats. They cover nearly 1,500 km area in a days, he added. The CNP has also installed close-circuit television cameras at 10 points inside the park that are considered sensitive.

Published: 03-01-2017 08:18

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