Prime Minister Narendra Modi freed cheetahs brought from Namibia this morning at the Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. They were taken to Kuno National Park from Gwalior Air Force Station this morning by Indian Air Force helicopters. In an address on the occasion, PM Modi said that tourists and enthusiasts will have to wait for few months to see cheetahs in the jungle. He said the animals need some time to adjust to their new home. Not only this, he has also countered the claims of Congress.
In his address, Prime Minister Modi said, “These cheetahs have come to this unknown area as a guest. We have to give these cheetahs a few months to be able to make the Kuno National Park our home.
He said, “It is unfortunate that we declared cheetahs extinct from the country in 1952, but for decades no meaningful effort was made to rehabilitate them. Have started rehabilitating the cheetahs with energy.” He said that ‘Project Cheetah’ is our effort towards environment and wildlife conservation. After a detailed study by experts, the Kuno National Park has been selected for the release of cheetahs.
Congress had laid claim on Project Cheetah
On Friday, the Congress party claimed that the proposal for ‘Project Cheetah’ was approved during the Manmohan Singh government. The party tweeted through its official Twitter handle saying, ‘Project Cheetah’s proposal was prepared in 2008-09. Manmohan Singh’s government approved it. In April 2010, the then Forest and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh went to the Cheetah Out Reach Center in Africa. Further said, in 2013 the Supreme Court stayed the project, in 2020 the ban was lifted. Now the cheetahs will come.
Cheetah was last seen in Chhattisgarh
The cheetah was last seen in 1947 in the year forest of Koriya district of Chhattisgarh. Union Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav on Friday said that India is resolving ecological imbalance by bringing back the cheetah, which has become extinct in the country due to excessive hunting. Officials said five female and three male cheetahs were brought to Gwalior airport from Namibian capital Windhoek on a special cargo plane Boeing 747-400. Earlier these cheetahs were to be brought to Jaipur.
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