Chandigarh, Oct 9 (UNI) Haryana Minister of State for Forests and Tourism Kiran Choudhry today said the state government was planning to increase the protected area of forests in consultation with the local people.
Speaking on the concluding function of the state-level Wildlife Week at Morni in Panchkula district, Ms Choudhry said the Haryana Forest Department had taken concrete steps to create awareness among the masses to conserve wildlife and their habitat in the state.
She said about 130 acres of pond (Johrh) was being declared as Community Reserve in Gaibi Sahib village in Jind district as per the wishes of the village people.
Ms Choudhry said the Kalesar National Park of Haryana was one of the best park of the country and to strengthen patrolling, control poaching and for the better management of the park, two elephants were being engaged on experimental basis.
The Minister said the state government was committed to provide better facilities to the animals in the zoos in the state.
She said Bhiwani and Rohtak Zoos were being renovated.