Goa asked to send proposal for tiger reserve

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) The union environment and forests ministry has asked the Goa government to send proposals to set up a tiger reserve at the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary, parliament was told Monday.

The ministry has also asked the Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh governments to send similar proposals to start tiger reserves at Bor and Nagzira (Maharashtra), Suhelwa (UP) and Guru Ghasidas national park at Chhattisgarh, Environment and Forests Minister Jayanthi Natarajan told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

The Goa forest department had last month for the first time photographed a tiger at the Mhadei sanctuary in north eastern part of the state, 60 km from Panaji, after a several month-long expedition.

Natarajan further said that her ministry had granted in-principle approval for creation of four new tiger reserves at Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh), Ratapani (Madhya Pradesh), Sunabeda (Odisha) and Mukundara Hills (Rajasthan).

She further said that final approval has been accorded to Kudremukh wildlife sanctuary in Karnataka for declaring it as a tiger reserve.

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