States vying with each other to get Tiger Reserve status
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
New Delhi (PTI)” Hoping to save the endangered big cat and other wild animals through funds available under Tiger Project, states are vying with each other to get Tiger Reserve status for their national parks and sanctuaries.
“We are considering four proposals submitted by Maharashtra for Chandoli national park, Orissa (Sunabeda national sanctuary), Madhya Pradesh (Ratapani wildlife sanctuary) and Uttar Pradesh for its terai area at Pilibhit”, Rajesh Gopal, member Secretary of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) heading Tiger Project told PTI here.
These proposals will be taken up at the Authority meeting to be held on wednesday, he said.
Budgetary constraints and delay in the release of funds by the states hampering wildlife conservation are some of the reasons for the officials turning towards Project Tiger, he added.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram has allocated a whopping Rs 600 crore this year for Tiger Project.
B Majumdar, Chief Wildlife Warden of Maharashtra told PTI, “We want the inclusion of Chandoli national park spread along the crest of the Sahyadari Range of the Western Ghats, lying between Koyna and Radhanagari Sanctuary among tiger reserves as it has a good predator population.”
He said, once covered under Tiger Project the animals and ecosystem of the identified area will be under protection which will go a long way to save the Tiger which is an important chain in the ecosystem.
Presently, Maharasthra has three tiger reserves — Pench, Melghat and Tadoba Andheri with a total population of 103 tigers as per the latest official estimates.