WB assures financial help to protect tigers

WB assures financial help to protect tigers

Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, Dec 5 : The World Bank has assured extending financial aid to protect tigers at the state’s sole Indravati National Tiger Reserve in the naxal-affected Bijapur district.

Official sources here said today that keeping in view the declining tiger population across the country, a project is being planned by the central government in joint association with the World Bank to protect tigers in Chhattisgarh’s only wild life reserve.

The issue of protecting tigers at the Indravati National Tiger Reserve also came up for discussion during the meeting of World Bank President Robert Zoellick and Union Minister for Forest and Environment Jairam Ramesh in New Delhi recently.

During the meeting, the World Bank President assured extending financial help to protect tigers at the reserve. A team of the National Tiger Conservation Authority had also visited the reserve recently for taking stock of wild life habitats at the reserve.

The visiting team had reported that there were leopards, bison and other wild animal habitats found at the reserve.

As per the 2005 tiger census, there were possibly 27 tigers at the reserve based on the pugmarks recorded by the forest officials.

The region being naxal-affected the forest officials were found reluctant to roam the area for carrying out comprehensive surveys, sources added.

UNI

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