Palakkad, Oct 5 (UNI) The Kerala government today declared open its first Peacock sanctuary, spread over 500 hectares, at Choolannur near here.
Talking to newspersons after formally opening the sanctuary, Forest Minister Binoy Vishwam said the government would strongly deal with forest mafia and encroachers.
Stating that the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government always stood for environment protection, he said the present LDF government had confiscated encroached government and forest lands at Wagamon, Munnar and Mangulam.
The government had also declared 35,000 acres of land as reserve forest, he added.
The new sanctuary, apart from peacocks, shelters diverse species of avifauna, Mr Vishwam concluded.