The fifth tiger reserve will soon be established in Rajasthan. The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has received a proposal from the expert group headed by the chief wildlife warden to officially designate the Karauli-Sarmathura-Dholpur sanctuary regions as the Dholpur Tiger Reserve (DTR). Rajasthan, the royal state of India, is not only known for its rich history and cultural heritage but also for its remarkable wildlife. With several tiger reserves spread across its vast landscape.
The basic plan is that the tiger reserve will include a core area of 1,058 sq km and a buffer area of 690 sq km. 197 sq km and 170 sq km, respectively, of the projected core area are found in the Karauli and Dholpur districts. The planned tiger reserve also includes a small area of forest in the Bharatpur district. The forest areas designated to be declared as a tiger reserve currently house nine tigers.
“The Rajasthan forest department has nearly completed the paperwork required to declare another area in the state as a tiger reserve. This notification will enable the department to make concerted efforts towards the much -needed development of the ecosystem.” - A senior official
According to the forest department, the committee has successfully resolved the issues brought forward by NTCA. The core or crucial tiger habitat and the buffer or surrounding region have been defined by the expert group, which was entrusted with determining the DTR's recommended borders.
“There were mining activities taking place in the vincinity of the proposed reserve. After conducting on-ground inspections, the committee suggested including only those areas that are safe for tiger habitat. The land parcels along the Chambal River, which were previously excluded, will also be incorporated into the reserve.” - A member of the committee.
The state's diverse landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and thrilling wildlife encounters make it a paradise for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Exploring the tiger reserves of Rajasthan is an unforgettable experience that allows you to witness the power and beauty of these majestic creatures while immersing yourself in the state's vibrant natural and cultural treasures.
Source: Times Of India