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Punanjur Range BRT Tiger Reserve : 30 Acres Forest Landscape Devastated

A minimum of 30 acres of forest landscape was devastated by a fire set by miscreants in the Punanjur range of BRT tiger reserve today. Three different places were set on fire making the task more onerous for forest staff to douse the raging flames. Constrained from assisting: The government of India's directive to condemn vehicles which are 15 years old ensured the fire services department was constrained from assisting on-ground forest staff. We had written to Union Road and  Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari to reconsider his ministry's decision to ban the use of fire tenders which are 15 years old. We had also written to the Government of Karnataka to request Gadkari to treat fire tenders as essential services, like the army. But...If quick response vehicles were available at least some parts of the tiger habitat could have been saved. Drone survey to assess the damage: According to BRT field director Deepa Contractor, at least 30 acres have been burnt. "We will do a d