India, Oct. 22 -- The Union environment ministry has published the final notification for the buffer area around Maharashtra's 351.16 sq km Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary in Kolhapur district. The final eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of the sanctuary now will have an area of 250.6 sq km spread across 200 m to 6.01 km against the originally proposed 230.6 sq km in the draft notification of 2019. The 20 sq km accounts for a 9% increase in the protected area.

The notification was published on October 15 and made public on Wednesday.

There are 41 villages in the notified ESZ in Kolhapur and Vaibhavwadi Sindhudurg districts. "The minimum extent of the ESZ (200 meters) was due to the non-availability of forest land near Kurli village of Sindhudurg ...