Chitwan National Park to improve grassland management to prevent rhino deaths

File image: One-horned rhinoceroses

Chitwan, February 21

The Chitwan National Park has laid special emphasis on the management of grassy land as a measure to prevent growing natural deaths of one-horned rhinoceros.

The chief conservation officer Narayan Rupakheti informs the national park is managing grass in over 600 hectares of land this fiscal year. He further says the park has appropriated a budget of Rs 35 million, placing high emphasis on the management of grassy land. Out of the budget, the park had earmarked Rs 30 million to manage grassy land in new areas and Rs five million for old areas.

The contractor company has accepted a contract of Rs 18.7 million to carry out all the works and it will be initiated in some days, says the park’s assistant conservation officer Prakash Uprety. The grass is being managed for rhinos in 55 new and 15 old areas. It is estimated that grassy land has covered around 10 percent of Chitwan National Park.

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