To provide interference free home for tigers, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has written to chief ministers of three states, where 70 per cent of tigers live, to impose restrictions on tourism activities and declare inviolate areas for tigers.
The PM’s letter was in response to tiger experts’ fear during recent meeting of National Board for Wildlife that India may lose its tigers, if the states fail to act fast.
“The situation calls for urgent action,” PM said in a letter to Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, where concern over tiger deaths in Tadoba has been raised. Similar letters were sent to Uttarakhand CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (in connection with Corbett) and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan.
Singh wants that the first step for saving tigers would be declaring buffer zones around core tiger habitats to reduce man-tiger conflict, a major cause of tiger deaths in India.