New buffer zone gives Project Tiger a boost

New buffer zone gives Project Tiger a boost

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lakhimpur Kheri (UP) (PTI): In a fillip to Project Tiger, the Uttar Pradesh government has given its nod for incorporating nearly 150 km-long stretch of north Kheri division into the buffer zone of the Dudhwa National Park.

“The decision was the outcome of the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s (NTCA) strict guidelines to demarcate the buffer zone after frequent movements of tigers, rhinos, leopards, elephants and other wild species were reported in north Kheri division at regular intervals,” Deputy field director, Dudhwa National Park PP Singh said.

He said the buffer zone status of north Kheri division would bring it under the ambit of Project Tiger and a unified protection cover would be available to the wildlife, which will be a major boost for its protection.

“The government has given its nod to north Kheri division being included in the buffer zone of the park and a detailed project has been sent to the authorities for further approval,” District Conservator of Forest Kartik Kumar Singh told PTI.

With the inclusion of north Kheri district in the buffer zone, restrictions on human movement and encroachments would be strictly imposed.

The district is 150 km from state capital Lucknow.

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