Uttarakhand News

Bharals safe in Gangotri National Park, Wildlife Institute of India writes to NGT

An affidavit submitted to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) by the prestigious Wildlife Institute of India (WII) says that the blue sheep (or bharal) is now safe in Uttarakhand’s Gangotri National Park. The green court will now seek compliance with a three-month ground survey starting from July.

Earlier, NGT had brought together WII, Uttarakhand government, ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC), National Biodiversity Board, State Biodiversity Board to prepare an action plan to tackle the mysterious eye infection among the endangered blue sheep in the Gangotri National Park. The affidavit states that after an rigorous check from wildlife officials and experts, no traces of mysterious infection was found in the Bharals till date.

Last year, mountaineer and BSF personnel Loveraj Singh Dharmshaktu had observed eye infection in some of the Bharals at the Runisara Tal in September last year. The blue sheep is one of the endangered species in the Himalayas and is mainly found in India, Nepal, Tibet, Pakistan and Bhutan.

Inputs from Hindustan Times