Chhattisgarh to get fourth tiger reserve


CHHATTISGARH: The state government announced that Chhattisgarh is all set to have ‘Guru Ghasidas National Park’ in Kotiya district as its fourth 'tiger reserve'.

The decision was taken in the 11th meeting of Chhattisgarh State Wildlife Board chaired by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel at his residence on Sunday.
Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Minister Ravindra Choubey, MLAs Khelsay Singh, Devvrat Singh, Shishupal Sori, Additional Chief Secretary Amitabh Jain, Principal Secretary Forest Manoj Kumar Pingua, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Rakesh Chaturvedi and related departmental officers were present at the occasion.
Presently there are three tiger reserves in the state which are: Achanakmar Tiger Reserve, Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve and Indravati Tiger Reserve. With this new announcement, four tiger reserves will get functional in the state.
The meeting laid strong emphasis on increasing the number of tigers in the state and their safety measures such as radio collaring system for tiger safety and resettlement of more cheetahs from the Barnavapara Sanctuary to Guru Ghasi Das National Park and Udanti-Sitanadi Tiger Reserve.
Additionally, notification regarding the formation of ‘Lemru Elephant Reserve’ was also made in this meeting.
The Lemru Elephant Reserve will come into existence soon by merging the forest areas of Korba, Katghora, Dharamjigarh and Surguja forest divisions of Korba, Raigad and Surguja districts.
In addition, the Chief Minister has instructed to develop water sources for wild animals in the state's forests and plantation of fruits and vegetables, especially Narwali vegetables, plantation of bamboo and banana.

With inputs from ANI
Image credit: Animal Planet

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