The Chairman/Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC Leh, Advocate Tashi Gyalson chaired a meeting with all the Councillors of Changthang region in the presence of Executive Councillor for Wildlife, Tashi Namgyal Yakzee, Deputy Commissioner/Chief Executive Officer, LAHDC Leh, Sachin Kumar and Chief Wildlife Warden, Sajjad Hussain Mufti at the Council Secretariat Leh yesterday to review the status of ongoing rationalization of boundaries and realignment of wildlife protected areas of Ladakh especially in the Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary.
Among present in the meeting were Councillor Chushul, Konchok Stanzin; Councillor Kungyam, Thinles Norboo; Councillor Nyoma, Ishey Spalzang; Councillor Korzok, Karma Namdak; ACD Leh, Sonam Norboo; A.D Tourism Leh, Jigmet Namgyal; SDM/Tehsildar Durbuk, Abdul Rahim; Panchyat Members and people representatives of Changthang region.
The meeting deliberated in detail about the status of ongoing de-notification/realignment of wildlife protected areas including Changthang Cold Desert Wildlife Sanctuary, Karakoram Wildlife Sanctuary and the Hemis National Park.
The Councillors of Changthang region stressed on early de-notification/realignment of wildlife protected areas in Changthang region as well as registration of their business units including guest houses, tourist camps and restaurants, etc.
CEC Gyalson stated that the de-notification/realignment of wildlife protected areas in Ladakh is expected to get completed within the next six months. Thereafter people living in the wildlife protected areas can start economic activities legally whereas notified areas cannot be exploited by outsiders. CEC Gyalson directed Chief Wildlife Warden, Sajjad Hussain Mufti to initiate awareness campaign among the people about the new guidelines for Tso-Kar lake and its surrounding areas which was declared a Ramsar Site recently.