7 Jun 2008, 1904 hrs IST,TNN
JAIPUR: The much-awaited shifting of tigers from the Ranthambhore National Park to the Sariska Tiger Reserve will take place on June 20. ”The wildlife department is working to meet the scheduled plan,” said chief wildlife warden of Rajasthan R N Mehrotra.
The shifting will be carried out under the supervision of the Wildlife Institute, Dehradun. ”In the first phase, one young tiger and a tigress will be shifted to Sariska, followed by another tigress later this year,” he said.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority has sanctioned Rs 26 crore for the shifting of three villages located in the core areas of the two parks. Mehrotra said Umri and Kankwadi villages in the core area of the Sariska Tiger Reserve and Indala village in the core area of Ranthambhore National Park will be shifted soon.
Indala village will be resettled at Thalwada, while Kankwari village will be shifted to Bardod Rundh. He said the Union environment and forest ministry had also given its nod for the conversion of 141 hectare of forest land to agriculture land at Mojpur village for the rehabilitation of Umri village.