PUNE: A transit treatment center for animals will come up at Bavdhan, which will be directly under the forest department.
A government resolution dated November 2, 2018, stated the need for a transit treatment center, citing a rise in the number of injured animals and more cases of man-animal conflict. The new setup will be spread over an area of around 12 acres in Bavdhan. The state government has approved Rs47 crore for the project.
“We are awaiting funds for the facility. It will be completed within a year or so,” Vivek Khandekar, chief conservator of forests told TOI.
“Currently, the wild animal rescue and rehabilitation center at Katraj operates under the Pune Municipal Corporation,” Khandekar said.
He added that the new center will be set up on a much larger scale than the one in Katraj. “The facility will have separate sections for canines, simians, herbivores, large felines, small felines, avians, and reptiles,” the chief conservator said. The facility will be managed by the Indian Herpetological Institute (IHS), which also runs the Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre at Katraj. However, the new facility will be under the forest department’s control.