Chhattisgarh gets new Tiger Reserve

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admin November 10, 2021
Updated 2021/11/10 at 7:36 AM

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has accepted the Chhattisgarh government’s plan to create a Tiger Reserve by combining the Guru Ghasidas National Park and the Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary.

The new Reserve sits in the state’s northwestern corner, on the boundary with Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. After the Udanti-Sitanadi, Achanakmar, and Indravati Reserves, this will be Chhattisgarh’s fourth Tiger Reserve.

On September 1, the proposal was discussed by the NTCA’s 11th Technical Committee, and permission was given a month later under Section 38V(1) of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. (“Tiger Conservation Plan: On the suggestion of the Tiger Conservation Authority, the State Government should designate a region as a tiger reserve.”)

In 2011, the Sarguja Jashpur Elephant Reserve designated the Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary as a component of it. In undivided Madhya Pradesh, the Guru Ghasidas National Park used to be part of the Sanjay National Park. Both had been designated as reserve forests and have been waiting to be designated as Tiger Reserves since 2011.

Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary, the new Tiger Reserve’s component parts, cover 1,44,000 hectares (1,440 sq km) and 60,850 hectares (608.5 sq km) respectively.

In the northwestern portion of Chhattisgarh, Guru Ghasidas National Park is in the Koriya district, while Tamor Pingla is in the Surajpur district.

The Asiatic cheetah’s final known home in the nation was Guru Ghasidas National Park. Guru Ghasidas Park, once part of the Sanjay Dubri National Park, was established as a distinct entity in Chhattisgarh’s Sarguja area following the state’s establishment in 2001.

The state’s former BJP government decided to include Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary in a larger elephant corridor in the state’s northern region and moved to have the Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary in the state’s central region designated as a Tiger Reserve. However, opposition from the local populace of Bhoramdeo caused the government to abandon the plan in 2018.

The Congress administration put its weight behind obtaining Guru Ghasidas National Park approved by the National Trust for Conservation Areas (NTCA).

Turning Guru Ghasidas into a Tiger Reserve is significant to wildlife specialists and activists in the state because it links Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh and offers a corridor for tigers to roam between the Bandhavgarh and Palamau Tiger Reserves.

Bhoramdeo, on the other hand, links the Indravati Tiger Reserve in Chhattisgarh with the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, and experts believe the decision to designate Guru Ghasidas National Park as a Tiger Reserve should have no bearing on efforts to designate Bhoramdeo as well.

 

Source: The Indian Express

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