By Chandani Hamal
In a bid to curb poaching and smuggling of wild animals from Chitwan National Park (CNP), government, in coordination with CNP officials, has set up a border security post at Badarjhula VDC of Chitwan district.
Such unit has been established for the first time in Chitwan and the park authority firmly believes that the tightened security would discourage illegal activities taking place in the park area.
“Although we have deployed armed personals, we will secure the park area with the support of locals. We are hopeful that they will assist us in this noble effort,” said Sharma.
With 29 such border check posts stationed across the country, the government has plans to establish 79 similar posts in the coming days. “It is necessary for both the people and the government officials to work together to end the poaching of wild animals,” said Sharma.
The park had been without security forces since the only police station in the area was removed in 1998.
Chitwan shares 88 km of border area with India in the west. A total of 28 armed personnel, under the leadership of APF Inspector Kumar Thapa keep watch at the border security post. The security personnel live in a building owned by a local school in the area.