Sunday, October 05, 2008

Centre accepts Sahyadri Tiger Project proposal in principle

Centre accepts Sahyadri Tiger Project proposal in principle

Kolhapur, Oct 2 (PTI) The Central Government has in principle accepted the proposal of initiating the Sahyadri Tiger Project covering four districts in the state, an official said.

"The National Tiger Conservation Committee has, in principle, given permission for the Sahyadri Tiger Project in the western ghats that includes 173 villages in the four districts of Satara, Ratnagiri, Kolhapur and Sangli," Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) M K Rao said.

The next process of this project is notification and permission from villages among other things, he said.

Of these villages, the committee has visited around 38 and four have agreed to the project. Four villages from Chandoli dam and 11 from Koyna dam are to be rehabilitated for the project, Rao said.

Since the initiation of the tiger conservation project in 1973 to date there are about 41 tiger projects and more than 1,440 tigers in the country, he said.

He said in the western ghats there are nine tigers, of which four are in Radhanagari, three in Chandoli and two in the Koyna area.


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