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Rajasthan government proposes tiger corridor between Dholpur and Kota

Five different wildlife sanctuaries will oversee and monitor this corridor

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February 1, 2018, 12:56 pm


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Jaipur: The Rajasthan government has decided to create a tiger corridor between Dholpur and Kota.  The proposal for this corridor has been approved by the Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) of the Ranthambore Tiger Project.

Five different wildlife sanctuaries will oversee and monitor this corridor.

The wildlife sanctuaries of Bharatpur, Dolpur’s Kesarbagh, Van Vihar and Ram Vihar have been added to the jurisdiction of the CCF, Ranthambore for this purpose.

Sawai Madhopur Karauli and Bundi forests area were already under the CCF.  Mukundra Hills in Kota has been declared as a tiger sanctuary, but doesn’t have any tigers at the moment. Once the tiger corridor is created, tigers from Ranthambore will reach Mukundra Hills using the corridor.

According to forest department officials, the area from Kota to Dhopur was considered as a corridor for tigers in the past too. The animal used to roam freely between these areas however deforestation has changed the situation in recent times. Ranthambore has witnessed a rise in the number of tigers in recent years due to strong conservation efforts hence the need to once again create and monitor the corridor has become necessary. This will also ensure that human encroachment is avoided.

The officials also believe that the areas with water bodies have more tiger settlements. The Chambal River covers the areas from Kota to Dholpur hence more tigers can be spotted in this region. A tiger corridor will contribute in a massive way to the ongoing conservation efforts.

First published: October 18, 2017