Bor Wildlife Sanctuary in Maharashtra will become the country's 47th Tiger Reserve with Environment Ministry today notifying it as a tiger reserve with an aim to strengthen the conservation efforts of the national animal.
The ministry also approved the recommendations of a technical committee of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for a project to establish ecological baselines for long term monitoring of tigers in the Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary and adjoining landscapes in Arunachal Pradesh.
The proposal for Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary was mooted by the Wildlife Institute of India and would also conduct monitoring of co-predators and prey species apart from tigers.
"The ministry has approved the recommendation on a proposal from the State of Maharashtra for notifying the Bor Sanctuary, New Bor Sanctuary and the New Bor Extended Wildlife Sanctuary as a core/critical tiger habitat of a tiger reserve," Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters.
He added his ministry was doing work both related to the development as well as conservation of environment.
Officials said that Bor is the sixth tiger reserve of Maharashtra and since it would now fall under Project Tiger, the reserve will get a boost as it would receive fundings and technical support.
"With Project Tiger coverage, the reserve would receive funding and technical support which would strengthen tiger conservation, besides ecodevelopment to benefit fringe people," a ministry statement said.