March 25, 2023

5 new tiger reserves likely in India this year | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Five more sites are expected to be formally declared tiger reserves (TR) by the end of this year, taking the total number of TRs to 56, as the Centre has already given its approval of granting tiger reserve status to three new sites and agreed in-principle to give its nod to two more.
The three sites which got its approval are MM Hills in Karnataka, Guru Ghasidas National Park in Chhattisgarh and Ramgarh Vishdhari in Rajasthan whereas the two others which got in-principle nod are Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary in Arunachal Pradesh and Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary in Bihar.
“Since three sites have already got the Centre’s approval, the concerned states will now have to formally notify these areas as TRs. On the other hand, the National Tiger Conservation Authority has communicated in-principle approval for two sites, soliciting detailed proposals from the states under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972,” said an official. NTCA recommends the proposal to the state after due diligence. All 51 TRs together cover over 73,765 sq km of area. “All five new sites are expected to be formally notified before the Global Tiger Summit which is to be held at Vladivostok, Russia later this year,” said the official.
Addressing the 4th Asia Ministerial Conference on tiger conservation, environment minister Bhupender Yadav on Friday underlined India’s success stories of doubling the tiger population in 2018 itself, four years ahead of the targeted year 2022.

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