Uttarakhand News

Two new tiger reserves to come up in Uttarakhand soon: SBWL

Uttarakhand will soon have two new tiger reserves as State Board for Wildlife (SBWL) headed by Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Rawat have his approval to develop Nandhaur Wildlife Sanctuary and Surai range of Terai East as tiger reserves. The forest department will send a detailed proposal to ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) and National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Once the proposal is accepted, there will be four tiger reserves in Uttarakhand.

Nandhaur, which was notified as wildlife sanctuary in 2009, currently has 45 tigers. The CM has approved the proposal of 269 sqkm of the sanctuary to be converted into tiger reserve. In addition to that, CM also approved declaring Surai range of Uttarakhand as tiger reserve which will act as a buffer range for Pilibhit Tiger Reserve of Uttar Pradesh. With 340 tigers in total, Uttarakhand is ranked 2nd after Maharashtra in tiger population. Uttarakhand is already home to Corbett Tiger Reserve which is believed to have highest density of tigers in the country.

Inputs from Hindustan Times