Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Finance Department allotted Rs 50.85 crore for curbing the wild animal attacks and dispensing compensations in the budget for 2023-24.
During the budget speech, finance minister KN Balagopal noted that the episodes of wild animals reaching residential regions, lying kilometres away from the forest areas are being increasingly reported in the state. The threat posed by wild boars, porcupines, wild elephants and tigers have to be considered seriously. Along with conserving the forests and wild animals, the lives and livelihoods of humans have to be protected, he added.
Rs 30.85 crore out of the total allocated amount will be the project cost for strengthening the operations of Rapid Response Teams and increasing the compensations given for the victims of animal attacks.
Including credits from NABARD, Rs 241.66 crore has been set aside for the projects in forests and wildlife zones.
Rs 25 crore has been allocated for forest conservation projects, Rs 7 crore for eco tourism projects and Rs 4.76 crore for the conservation of 16 wildlife sanctuaries in the budget.