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Mobile facility in tiger territory

By providing mobile network, the park would certainly be able to benefit the tourists and forest personnel, reports Pradip Kumar Maitra.

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 20:47 IST

Tourism promotion has also started making inroads in Vidarbha and thanks to the initiative of management of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger reserve in Chandrapur district, the wildlife lovers will soon be able to enjoy mobile and landline accesses in the tiger territory.

The wildlife wing of Tadoba-Andhari tiger project has taken a decision to this effect recently in view to attract more domestic and international tourists. Though, the wildlife wing of the Project has access of walkie-talkie system for its smooth functioning, the guest houses, hotels and the periphery lack landline and mobile access.

Tadoba-Andhari tiger reserve is the pristine and unique eco-system and one of the oldest project tigers region. The reserve contains some of the best of forest tracks and endowed with rich bio-diversity. It is famous for its natural heritage that is the home for several wildlife animals, including 43 tigers, 15 panthers and around 1800 wild dogs.

With an area of 625.40 sq km, the project includes Tadoba National, created in 1955 with an area of 116.55 sq km and Andhari wildlife sanctuary, created in 1986 with an area of 508.85 kms.

It said that the tiger conservation in Tadoba national park was commendable for the last one and half decades. The tiger population has been increasing, though slowly, during the period. Population of the big cat in the area was 36 in 1994 census which has now increased by 43 in the last census.

In view of its good track record, the Ministry of Environment and Forests also included the tiger reserve in its pilot project for mapping wildlife sanctuaries and parks by the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. Rs 1.39-crore was sanctioned for the pilot project that would be completed in 36 months. Out of the five sites selected for this pilot project, three were tiger reserves - Tadoba-Andhari, Dudhwa and Corbett. The identified targets included generation of satellite data and securing the survey of India topographic maps.

Talking to Hindustan Times, B Majumder, the PCCF (wildlife), and Maharashtra state said that by providing mobile and landline network, the park would certainly be able to benefit the tourists and forest personnel who are working there for wildlife conservation. “We are expecting more tourists after starting this facility,” he further claimed and informed that the BSNL was exploring to provide such facility in the locality.

Meanwhile, the MTDC with the help of ministry and Railway and the ministry of Tourism is planning to start an exclusive narrow gauge vintage train from Nagpur to Nagbhir (near Tadoba) for tourists, an answer to the to Nagbhir (near Tadoba) for tourists, an answer to the Palace of Wheels in Rajasthan. The plan, which was postponed because of numerous reasons, would begin from January next.