Officers busy with trees, blackbuck census can wait

NOIDA: The latest census on the number of blackbucks in the district will be delayed as the forest department has not yet completed the counting exercise due to lack of staff, the department informed TOI on Monday. claimed that a majority of the workforce have been diverted to mapping and counting trees on a 2, 500 hectare land stretch identified for Jewar airport.

The census was scheduled to come out in October. It could be vital for tracking poaching activities in the region.

There are around 10 habitats in Greater Noida and during the last count in 2013, there were 122 of these endangered species present at these grassy fields. There is no data available with the forest department to state whether the blackbuck population in Gautam Budh Nagar has increased or decreased since that time. Over last one month, three cases of unnatural deaths and poaching have been reported from Masoodpur village in Rabupura alone. Rabupura lies at a distance of 20 km from Jewar.

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