Efforts to make the 4th Tiger Reserve in Kumbhalgarh have gained speed. All the formalities on state level are almost complete. If the things go on smoothly, Mewar will have the gift of Tiger Reserve by 2020.
The tiger project file will be sent to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) next month. Once the project gets final aprroval, a pair of tigers will be shifted to Kumbhalgarh from Ranthambhore. The Kumbhalgarh forest is being considered technically apt for keeping around 15 to 20 tigers in the near future.
The forests of Mewar had abundant tigers in the ancient times, the record of which has been sent to the government. It may be noted that this will be the first tiger project of its kind in Mewar-Marwar region. The proposed area for tiger reserve is 355 sq km which will cover the bordering areas of Pali, Rajsamand and Udaipur.
The area will begin from Diver ki Naal and move on to Sadri, Kumbhalgarh, Bhanpura jungles and further from Pali to Latada. This area is quite a safe area from all angles. There is only a small populated area of Ghanerao which is likely to be relocated once the approval is given by the government.
The entire area has plenty of required environment for the reserve. There are hills, plains, water holes, herbivorous animals, and even pastures. The tigers will get plenty of hunt as there are cheetal, sambhar, bluebulls and other animals.
In the past few years, tigers have increased in Ranthambhore and Sariska and many a times they have crosed the jungles and entered the populated areas and created terror. Since the number has crossed 70 in Ranthambhore alone, the need for shifting the tigers has become all the more important.