23 Aug 2023

Rajasthan: NTCA Nod For Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve, To Boost Conservation Of Other Rare Wildlife Besides Big Cat

The Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan has received final approval from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Bhupendra Yadav informed about this by tweeting.

It is the country's 53rd and Rajasthan's fifth tiger reserve. The ministry also gave in-principle approval to declare Kumbhalgarh as a tiger reserve in Rajasthan. Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve will also boost conservstion of other rare wildlfe like caracal, wolf etc and help in the development of tiger corridor.

The other four tiger reserves in Rajasthan are – Ranthambore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur, Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar, Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve in Kota and Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve in Bundi.

'A brighter future for tigers and biodiversity in Rajasthan'

Bhupender Yadav tweeted, “Giant leap for wildlife conservation in Rajasthan. Happy to announce that the state has got yet another Tiger Reserve. The Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve has been accorded the final approval by NTCA. Let's pledge to safeguard this precious ecosystem and its majestic tigers."

In another tweet, he also announced the decision regarding Kumbhalgarh. “Glad to share that in-principle approval has been granted to declare Kumbhalgarh as a Tiger Reserve! This significant step towards wildlife conservation promises a brighter future for tigers and biodiversity in Rajasthan. The move will boost employment opportunities for the people of the region through ecotourism,” the minister tweeted.

Member of Parliament (MP) from Rajsamand and member of NTCA, Diya Kumari said, “Today is a historic day for Mewar and I express my immense gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Minister Bhupender Yadav for giving a green signal to this project. "

50 villages will be displaced

Now soon 50 villages will be displaced under the Dholpur Karauli Tiger Reserve Project. Under this, the people coming under displacement will be offered land as well as cash.

Forest Department officials said – Survey will start soon for the displacement of villages. In this, a list is being made by marking the villages which are going to be displaced. After this, the first priority would be to consult the villagers and inform them about the displacement and compensation amount and obtain their consent. Only after that the work on the Tiger Reserve will be started.

According to the Forest Department, the Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve is spread over two types of areas. Its first core area is 580 square kilometers. While the second area is spread over 495 square kilometers. Which is a total tiger reserve area spread over 1075 square kilometers. At present there are two tigers, a male and a female, and 3 cubs in Dholpur Tiger Reserve.

Endangered caracals, wolves are also found in Dholpur

The Dholpur-Karauli Tiger Reserve area is adjacent to Ranthambore, Ramgarh Vishdhari, Mukundra hills and other protected areas of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. Along with this, near-extinct caracals (medium sized wild cat foumd in dry areas) and wolves are also found here in large numbers. At the same time, wild boar, nilgai, chital, chinkara, sambhar and chausingha are also present in large numbers.

Tiger corridor will be formed

Along with this, a tiger corridor will be formed from Dholpur, Karauli, Sawai Madhopur to Ramgarh Vishdhari and Mukundra with the formation of Dholpur Tiger Reserve. This will not only boost the tourism of Rajasthan. Rather, Rajasthan will also be recognized as a tiger-place.

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