Division Bench seeks action taken report by February 24.
The Madras High Court Bench here on Tuesday directed the District Collector, Ramanathapuram, and the District Forest Officer to take legal action against poachers hunting migratory birds in various sanctuaries and submit a report to the court on February 24.
A Division Bench of Justices R. Sudhakar and V.M. Velumani passed the order on a public interest litigation petition filed by I. Sabeer Mohamed, a law graduate of Keezhamathur here, seeking better facilities at Chithrankudi bird sanctuary in Ramanathapuram district.
The petitioner said he was appalled to see the poor upkeep of the sanctuary during his recent visit. There were absolutely no birds in the sanctuary due to lack of proper facilities for water storage and dry conditions prevailing in and around it, he added.
Though the Ramanathapuram District Forest Office had installed several billboards along Madurai-Rameswaram highway inviting people to visit the sanctuary, the infrastructure was so poor at the venue that even the public information centre remained closed, he claimed.
His counsel R. Alagumani produced a copy of a news item published in The Hindu Tamil on Sunday about the Ramanathapuram forest officials having recovered Russian birds from poachers at Sakkarakottai waterbody sanctuary in the district.
Referring to news items that had appeared in other newspapers too he claimed that poaching was rampant in many of the bird sanctuaries in the State.
Submit a report to the High Court on February 24