There’s some good news in store for tiger lovers in the state. The overall tiger population in the state has gone up by 66 tigers in the past four years.
Forest minister Patangarao Kadam told the state assembly on Wednesday that the number of the endangered animal spread across 4,273 sq-km of forest area had gone up from 103 in 2006 census to 169 in 2010 census.
The number of tigers in the Tadoba-Andhari reserve in Chandrapur has risen from 53 in 2006 to 69.
The population has also gone up in Melghat from 30 to 35.
The newly created sanctuaries of Sahyadri-Sindhudurg has 21 tigers, Nagzira has 20, while Bor and Pench have 12 tigers each.
Kadam told the Lower House that the tiger census was carried out in three phases using modern techniques such as hidden cameras and DNA tests.
According to the tiger census 2010, there are minimal 160 tigers in the state, the maximum figure could go up to 196 and on an average it stands at 169.
Responding to questions from legislators, the forest minister said the dairy development department had agreed to part with 200 acres of land and this along with some land carved out of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park would be reserved for a zoo.