Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh High Court has asked the state government to file its tiger conservation pan in the wake of their proposal of transferring forest land, adjacent to Bhandhavgarh National Park, to Forest Development Corporation (FDC).

Hearing a PIL (Public Interest Litigation) filed by Katni resident Rajesh Srivastava, a division bench comprising Justice Sushil Harkauli and Justice KK Trivedi has asked the state government to submit the tiger conservation plan by September 19.

The state government plans to hand over the forest land to Forest Development Corporation, which would deforest the land for plantation of ayurvedic plants.

The PIL challenges the government proposal contending that any such move will pose serious threat to the lives of the endangered species of wild cats.

According to the petitioner, as per the contract, the FDC will cut the jungle for plantation, which would in turn affect the animal habitat in the dense forest.

It needs to be mentioned that the state government had filed an incomplete answer during the earlier hearing of the case on March 14, 2011.

The government informed the court about the reserved land transferred to FDC, but sidelined the conservation issue in their reply.

JPN/Bureau