NDTV impact: Buffer zone for Tadoba Tiger park
NDTV Correspondent, Saturday May 1, 2010, Mumbai
It is a big victory for NDTV-Aircel’s Save our Tigers campaign. A day after NDTV ran a story on how the the Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra is fighting multiple problems in the absence of crucial buffer zone notification, the Maharashtra government has finally acted. (Read: Tiger Reserve surrounded by coal mines)
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has now cleared the notification files, which means that activities like mining and industries will now be totally out of bounds in the buffer zone of the Tadoba Tiger reserve.
“Yes we have given clearances for some buffer zones. I have cleared the Tadoba proposal. We need to have buffer zones as suggested by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). We are doing that,” said Chavan.
This move will certainly go a long way in securing the 625 square kilometre protected forest in Chandrapur which is home to over fifty tigers, a sanctuary shattered by the hostile coal mines that surround it on at least two sides.