North Gazette News/New Delhi
Chhattisgarh’s Guru Ghasidas National Park would soon be converted into Tiger reserve after in-principal approval by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
Guru Ghasidas National Park lies between two important tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhad, Bandhavgarh and Palamau.
The NTCA had sought final proposal from Chhattisgarh administration to convert the national park into tiger reserve.
Former Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh had proposed to convert the national park into tiger reserve to Chief Minister Raman Singh in 2001.
The Wildlife Institute of India has also surveyed the Guru Ghasidas National Parkin 2010, though the population of tigers is quite low in the area.
NTCA, keeping in mind the considerable diversity of the national park , has decided to conserve tigers which can be done with good management and protection.
The national park has the potential for supporting a viable tiger population along with the Sanjay-Dubri tiger reserve of Madhya Pradesh, around 450 kms away from capital Raipur.
At present, Chhattisgarh has three tiger reserves, Indravati, Udanti-Sitanadi and Achanakmar which supports a population of 26 tigers.
The NTCA’s 2010 reports says that India has an estimated population of 1,706 tigers in its various reserves of the country.