Bhopal: 47th foundation day of Ratapani sanctuary celebrated at Van Vihar Park

Principal secretary, forest, Ashok Varnwal congratulated the management and staff for the foundation day of the sanctuary and the facilities provided to the tourists here.

Staff ReporterUpdated: Saturday, July 02, 2022, 11:38 PM IST
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Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): The 47th foundation day of Ratapani Sanctuary was celebrated at Van Vihar National Park on Saturday, as per an official release.

Principal secretary, forest, Ashok Varnwal congratulated the management and staff for the foundation day of the sanctuary and the facilities provided to the tourists here.

Ratapani Sanctuary was established on July 2, 1956. It is located in the Obaidullaganj forest division in Raisen district, spread over an area of ??8,259 square kilometres, which is a suitable habitat for wild animals and birds, says the release.

The sanctuary is replete with all its natural beauty, housing more than 40 tigers and 249 species of birds. Principal secretary Varnwal inaugurated an exhibition based on the heritage of Ratapani Sanctuary.

In the exhibition, murals, waterfalls, historical palaces, bawadis, bird varieties were displayed.

He released Ratapani Sanctuary Bird Survey Report, Van Vihar Insect Survey Report, Van Vihar Butterfly Conservation Report and Van Vihar Social Media Platform Poster. Also, Van Vihar software based online ticketing upgrading was launched.

Chief Conservator of Forest and director Van Vihar HC Gupta presented a summary of the activities of Van Vihar and the divisional forest officer, Obdullaganj, briefed about the Ratapani Sanctuary.

Principal chief conservator of Forests and chief of forest force RK Gupta, principal chief conservator of forests (Wildlife) Jasveer Singh Chauhan along with officers of Forest Department and retired senior officers were present.

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