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NTCA approves tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has given in-principle approval for creation of Guru Ghasidas-Tamor Pingla tiger reserve in Chhattisgarh.

The NTCA here has sought a final proposal from the state administration in this regard, officials said. The proposal to declare Guru Ghasidas National Park as a tiger reserve was proposed in June 2011 by the then Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh to Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh.

The national park lies between two important tiger reserves-- Bandhavgarh (Madhya Pradesh) and Palamau (Jharkhand)– and is also contiguous with the Sanjay-Dubri tiger reserve (Madhya Pradesh) is about 450 km away from state capital Raipur. The area was surveyed by the Wildlife Institute of India in 2010. Though the prey population is low at present, it has considerable diversity. Therefore, with protection under Project Tiger, the area has a potential for supporting a viable tiger population along with the Sanjay-Dubri tiger reserve, Ramesh had said.
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