Gujarat: Prime Minister to inaugurate animal care center in Dahod on April 20

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate an animal care center in Uchhwan village in Devgadh Baria taluka of Dahod district, during his visit scheduled for April 20.

The animal centre, built at a cost of Rs 45 lakh, aims to reduce incidents of human-animal conflict in the tribal district, which often witnesses leopard attacks. Prime Minister Modi, who will address a rally in Kharod village in Dahod on April 20, will virtually inaugurate the animal center.

RM Parmar, Deputy Conservator of Forests, Dahod, said the center would help mitigate leopard attacks in the district. “The leopard population has risen to 143 in the district, second only to Junagadh…We often witness leopard fatal attacks as well as injuries from leopards wandering into the human habitat. The center will allow us to treat animal injuries as well as capture the big cat more efficiently,” Parmar said.

Parmar said the district is currently relying on an animal care center at Pavagadh in Panchmahal district to house captured animals.

“A center available in the district itself will allow us to work more efficiently… Currently, the animal center can treat two leopards at a time,” he added.

Benjamin M. Yerger