8 Jun 2008, 0234 hrs IST,P J Joychen,TNN
JAIPUR: The Ranthambhore National Park, which has been in news recently for the tiger boom and some of them straying into the neighbouring villages, would get more space as the wildlife department has planned to expand the core area of the park by including some portion of the neighbouring Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary.
Rajasthan Chief Wildlife Warden RN Mehrotra said the wild life department is working on a plan to expand the ‘core tiger habitat’ of Ranthambhore National Park including some areas of the neighbouring sanctuary of Kailadevi.
The Kailadevi Sanctuary, 674 sq km, is presently a part of the ‘buffer zone’ of the Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. The sanctu-ary is characterised by not only for its wildlife (though con-siderably depleted due to many reasons), but also for several settlements of pastoral people.
Mehrotra said: “There are about 42 scattered hamlets in the Kailadevi wildlife sanctuary of which 27 villages come under the ‘critical habitat’ of the tiger reserve. There are other 11 villages outside the Kailadevi Sanctuary that also falls under the critical area of the expanded national park.” He said, the wildlife department has prepared a list of such villages, which would be relocated outside the national park on a priority basis in a phased manner. Director of the Ranthambhore National Park, RS Shekawat, said 400 sq km of the Kailadevi Wild Life Sanctuary has been included in the critical area of the park and plans are afoot to shift the villages coming under this part of the park.
A member of the state empowered committee on wildlife and forest, Rajpal Singh said, “The move would not only give the wild cat more space but also give scope for boosting tourism in the state.”
Established in 1983, Kailadevi Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a wide variety of animals including tiger, leopard, chital, sambhar, wild boar, chinkara, blue bull, jackal and nilgai.
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