Mizoram government has received Rs 13.54 crore under 'project tiger scheme' from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) during 2011-2017 for the Dampa Tiger Reserve, Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla informed the state Assembly today. Lal Thanhawla, who also holds Environment, Forests and Climate Change department, gave the information in a written reply to a query from Mizo National Front (MNF) member Lalruatkima. He said according to the Indirect Scientific Analysis conducted by the Guwahati-based Aranyak, there were three to four tigers inside the Reserve. The fund was utilised for payment of salaries, building infrastructure, maintenance, construction of roads and patrolling paths, habitat improvement, creation of grassland, field ration and vehicle maintenance, he said. Situated along the Bangladesh-Tripura border, the Reserve covered an area of 500 square kilometres.
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