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Tiger Safari project in Corbett National Park(1st July, 2016): The Centre is not willing to give its nod to proposed tiger Safari project in Corbett National Park and has asked the state government to first adhere to the norms set up for wildlife. The decision came just after central government’s recent announcement to stop the tiger safari project in Madhya Pradesh’s Pench National Park citing alleged violation of rules.

The Uttarakhand forest department had sought permission to start a tiger safari inside the Corbett from National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), which is a statutory body under Ministry of Environment and Forests, last year in August, 2015. The NTCA had advised to Uttarakhand forest department take the prior permission from Central Zoo Authority (CZA).

The matter got complicated when a wild life activist Ajay Dubey had sought the clarification on the matter of tiger safari project. According to the correspondences, it is concluded that the NTCA has asked to the state government, whether the proposal is in conformity with and as per tiger conservation plan.  The issue was raised when NTCA has already said that the project exposes the tigers to poaching. As per the sources, the Madhya Pradesh forest department had filed to get approval from CZA before the start of the construction of the tiger safari there.

The population of the tiger in the country was at around 1,706 in 2010, and rose to 2,226 by 2014. Uttarakhand has second highest number of tigers after Karnataka. The total number of the tigers in the state is around 340. The two major national parks in Uttarakhand are Corbett National Park and Raja ji National Park.

These two parks are very important destinations among wildlife enthusiasts. Corbett National Park was established in 1935, and initially was named Hailey National Park, but renamed as Corbett National Park in 1957. Rajaji National park was establishe in 1983. These two parks attract thousands of visitors from the globe. The opening and the closing time are declared by the forest department every year.

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