Eco-bridges for the movement of tigers

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In a first of its kind, Telangana State will have eco-friendly bridges over a canal cutting across the tiger corridor linking the Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra with the forests in Telangana’s Kumram Bheem Asifabad district.

  • The intervention requires the laying of fertile soil to grow grass and plants over the structure, so that fragmentation of the reserve forest is camouflaged.

  • The concept emerged after visits by experts from the Wildlife Board of India and the Wildlife Institute of India.

  • They were concerned about the large-scale destruction of pristine forest along the corridor, which would result in cutting off tiger movement between TATR and Bejjur.

  • The Telangana Irrigation Department has given its consent for the construction of the eco-bridges.

  • Recommendations on the size and locations of the bridges are awaited from the National Board of Wildlife.

Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve

  • Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve is a Tiger reserves in Chandrapur district of Maharashtra state in central India. It is notable as Maharashtra’s oldest and largest National Park.

  • It is one of India’s 41 “Project Tiger” – Tiger reserves.

  • Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve was established as second Tiger Reserve in the Maharashtra State, in 1994-95.

  • Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve area constitutes a unique ecosystem, comprising, wide variety of flora and fauna including diverse and rich avi-fauna with unique natural scenic beauty.

  • Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve is a popular tourist destination in India. There is significant increase in tourist’s inflow during the recent years.

  • The area represents Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests in the Tiger habitat.

  • It has a viable population of 40+ Tigers with high frequency of Tiger sighting.

  • Beside Tiger, it is abode to number of prominent wild denizens like Leopard, Wild dog, Sloth bear, Gaur, Sambar, Barking deer, Cheetal, Chausinga, Nilgai, Wild boar alongwith rare ones like Ratel, Flying squirrel, Pangolin and Rusty spotted cat. The continuity with forests of Chandrapur, Bramhapuri and Central Chanda Division enrich the conservation prospects of these species.

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