Eleven more tiger reserves now out-of-bounds
Tuesday January 1, 02:19 AM
More than 32,000 square kilometres of land in various tiger reserves would now be completely out-of-bounds for human beings after being notified as critical tiger habitats.
In keeping with the requirements of the amended Wildlife Protection Act, 11 of the 17 states having tiger reserves have identified and notified them where human presence would be kept to the minimum. The states are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and West Bengal, a Government statement said.
Four other states – Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh – have also identified these areas and will notify them soon. That leaves just Jharkhand and Orissa which are yet to identify their critical tiger habitats.
These areas would be left exclusively for the tigers and made ‘inviolable’ for human beings. Villages lying in these areas are supposed to be relocated.
The need for such critical tiger habitats was emphasised in the amendments to the Wildlife Protection Act passed by the Parliament in 2006.
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