PM Narendra Modi to release cheetahs in MP’s Kuno National Park on Saturday morning | India News


BHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release cheetahs being brought from Namibia in Madhya Pradesh‘s Kuno National Park on Saturday morning, an official said on Friday.
He will arrive at the Gwalior airport from New Delhi at around 9.20 am and leave for Kuno National Park (KNP) in Sheopur district, about 165km away, where he will release cheetahs into quarantine enclosures at around 10.45 am, the official said.
The special cargo plane carrying eight cheetahs from Namibia will land at the Gwalior airport in Madhya Pradesh at around 6am on September 17, which is also PM Modi‘s birthday, said a senior police officail.
The felines will be then shifted to KNP in a helicopter.
As per the earlier plan, the special plane carrying the big cats from the African country was to land at the Jaipur airport, from where they were to be flown to KNP, around 400km from the Rajasthan capital.
The release of wild cheetahs by the Prime Minister in KNP is part of his efforts to revitalise and diversify India’s wildlife and its habitat, said a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office (PMO) on Thursday.
The introduction of the fastest land animal in India is being done under Project Cheetah, which is world’s first inter-continental large wild carnivore translocation project, the statement said.
Cheetahs will help in the restoration of open forest and grassland ecosystems in India. This will help conserve biodiversity and enhance ecosystem services like water security, carbon sequestration and soil moisture conservation, benefiting the society at large, it said.
After releasing cheetahs, PM Modi will take part in a plantation programme at Karahal in Sheopur district and later arrive in a local school to participate in a conference of women self-help groups (SHGs), said officials.
After the SHG programme, the PM will arrive in Gwalior and after a brief stay in the city, leave for New Delhi in the afternoon, they said.
Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh chief minster released a glimpse of a cheetah arriving at KNP which sounds “Meow” on his Twitter handle.
“It is a matter of extreme happiness that cheetahs are coming to Kuno National Park. We the people of Madhya Pradesh are eager to welcome our new guests,” Chouhan said in a tweet.

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