Nuapada, Sep 21:The local hill tribes of Nuapada district have raised protest against the proposed Sunabeda tiger project around their villages.
Specifically, they have opposed the formation of the buffer zone and core zone of the project acquiring their village forests and displacing them elsewhere.
Sources said, with a vision to enhance the breed of tiger in Odisha forests, the Ministry of Forest and Environment is all set to declare Sunabeda sanctuary as a Tiger Project.
Accordingly, the state forest department has already demarked the buffer and core zone for the tiger habitat in Sunabeda sanctuary.
However, as many as eight hill tribe inhabited villages are going to be displaced, if the tiger project is chalked out at the specified zones.
At the same time, 60 more villages will be worst affected for the project. Apart from it, thousands of inhabitants will lose their traditional livelihood if the villages are displaced elsewhere out of the forest.
Being informed regarding the Centre’s nod in this connection on Monday, locals of Sunabeda convened a meeting and decided not to segregate a part of their villages for the project.
“Sunadei is our presiding mother. Sunabeda is our motherland. We will never leave our cradle land for tigers,” said an elderly man of the village.