Son Gharial WS

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Son Gharial WS

News: Recently, The National Green Tribunal has imposed a fine of Rs 15.96 crore on two private firms engaged in mining activities near River Son in Sonbhadra district of Uttar Pradesh.

 The Tribunal’s order said that part of the River Son in Madhya Pradesh has been declared the Son Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary and “certain area has been further declared as ‘ESZ’ (eco-sensitive zone)

 Son Gharial Sanctuary was established under Project Crocodile for Gharial conservation and population growth. An altogether length of 210 km encompassing lengths of 161 km of Son river, 23 km of Banas river, and 26 km of Gopad River was declared as a sanctuary in 1981.
 Sandy habitats (such as Sand banks, riverine islands etc) are major habitats for many endangered species like Gharial, Indian Soft Shell Turtle (Chitra Indica), Indian Skimmer (Rynchops albicollis) etc.
 IUCN Status (Gharial) – Critically Endangered

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