The one thing that truly excites the commoner visiting the famous Bandhavgarh national park here in India is the key prospect of spotting a tiger. The king of the jungle, the mighty cat and ever a regal creature! Frankly speaking, there’s nothing as interesting and thrilling as the chance of running into the big wild cat that sits atop the throne of the jungle. Also, it’s one thing to spot a tiger accidentally and something quite other, truly speaking, to spot the mesmerizing creature in a densely wild area. You know the thrills, don’t you- the call of the barking deer, the sheer panic that the creature might just be around without any of us knowing and the tension building by the tick of the clock.
Yet, no current visit to the famous Bandhavgarh National Park can be about the big chance to spot the tiger as much of the tension surrounds a natural calamity that’s troubled the huge bio reserve apart from storming to biting news updates.
After all, a place so eternally linked to the big majestic cat is making news about troubling forest fires. You read that absolutely right. One of the largest biospheres in India is currently enraged by fire and it’s no good news. As a matter of fact, it’s no random or sudden occurrence; the past few days have seen the Bandhavgarh national park bearing the brunt of the forest fires.
And as expected, as the forest fire rages on, it continues to threaten the ecosphere and everything that lies in the proximity. But implicit in this natural epidemic, it is said, is the concern of the locals in the area.
They raise the complain that not enough is being done to address a threatening situation. Who’s to be blamed? Why’s enough not being done and urgently so despite knowing well that the fire broke out on Monday, i.e., 29th of March, 2021.
It’s been a full 72 hours since then that one did enough to curtail the troublesome situation. Perhaps what beckons greater attention that given is the fact that ever since it began, the forest fires have spread to as many as six forest ranges.
The above told, a report published in Times of India’s Indiatimes publication highlighted key aspects of this story:
At present, the cause for forest fires is thought to be man-made during the Holi holidays. The forest fire has been spreading violently due to the bamboo clumps, and heat-wave conditions in this region.
According to Field Director, Wincent Rahim, “We too are surprised how fire can start at multiple places. All efforts are being made to bring the fire under control.”
Reports suggest that areas such as Panpatha, Tala, Khitoli, and Manpur have been affected by the fire, while it has been spreading from one part to another.