23 May 2008, 1742 hrs IST,PTI
NEW DELHI: Five wildlife sanctuaries in the country will soon be getting tiger reserve status for better management of the conservation plans for the big cat in its core habitat.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority in a meeting held recently has given an “in-principle” approval to four new reserves, a senior official said on Friday.
These are Sunabeda Tiger Reserve in Orissa, Shahyadri Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra, Pilibhit Tiger Reserve in Uttar Pradesh and Ratapani Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
All the four states had submitted proposals to the Union Environment Ministry seeking tiger reserve status to the wildlife sanctuaries and national parks.
The Authority also accorded approval on a proposal from Karnataka to treat Nagarahole National Park, which was a part of Bandipur Tiger Reserve, as a separate reserve for the big cat, the official said.
Getting tiger reserve status will help the parks secure more Central funds for protection of the endangered animal.
The four new tiger reserves are in addition to the eight parks for which clearance was given in January. At present, there are 28 tiger reserves in the country.
The meeting held under the chairmanship of Minister of State for Environment and Forests S Regupathy also discussed the reports of the committees constituted by the Authority for refinement of monitoring process and strategy for tiger reserves affected by extremist disturbances.
“The Authority also took note of the recent all India tiger estimation findings, and protection strategy in tiger reserves,” the officials said.
The Authority approved several other proposals, including funding support for research and monitoring through the Wildlife Institute of India and radio telemetry monitoring of tigers.
Support to NGOs for capacity building, research and tiger estimation and tiger reintroduction proposals were also given green signal at the meeting.
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