Bundelkhand will get 2 new tiger reserves after
closure of Panna tiger reserve
The backward bundelkhand region of Uttar Pradesh
is all set to get two new tiger reserve in near future due to closure of the
Panna tiger reserved in the adjoining Madhya Pradesh following the ambitious
Kane-Betwa river link project.
With the coming us of these two new tiger
reserves, the total number of tiger reserves in UP will go up to five.
The two new tiger reserves will come up at
Ranipur Sanctuary in Chitrakoot and Banda districts and another at Mahavir
Sanctuary in Lalitpur.
Ranipur sanctuary is spread out in 230 sq. kms in
Chitrakoot-Banda region. It is the natural habitat of many animals including
leopard, tiger, sloth bear, sambar, blackbuck, peafowl, spur-fowl, jungle fowl,
printed partridge, fishing cat and chinkara.
Located in Lalitpur , the Mahavir Wildlife
Sanctuary is spread over an area of 5.4 sq. km. The sanctuary is 125 km from
Jhansi, the magnificent gateway to the Bundelkhand region, rendered famous by
the legendary Rani Laxmi Bai. The main population of the sanctuary consists of
animals such as leopard, neel gai, wild boar and sambhar and there is a rich
variety of avian population. The region is also very rich in flora.
Official sources here today said that process for
shifting of the tigers of Panna tiger reserve would start soon due to
construction of a dam on Kane river in MP under Kane Betwa link project. There
are 30 tigers in Panna including 12 cubs of which half would be given to UP for
the two new tiger reserves and half will be shifted to Bandhavgarh in MP.
Sources said entire Panna tiger reserve would be
inundated after the contruction of the dam for the river linking project.UP and
MP governments have approved the project and in 2008, the cost was estimated at
Rs 9,393 crores.
An area of 5852 hectares of area of Panna reserve
would be affected in which 2900 hectare would be accommodated by UP through
these two new reserves.
In 2014 census, Panna had 30 tigers including 12
cubs and it has increase bow but census would be done again in 2018.
Presently UP has three tiger reserves now -
Dudhwa, Pilibhit and Amangarh in Bijnore district and there are 118 tigers
there. Pilibhit tiger reserve was the latest of the state and country's 45th
tiger reserve which came to existence in 2014.