India’s newest Tiger reserveDate: 08 October 2021 Tags: National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary
Areas of the Guru Ghasidas National Park and Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary of Chhattisgarh have been declared as a Tiger Reserve.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) approves formation of tiger reserves. It will be the fourth reserve in Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh already hosts Udanti-Sitanadi, Achanakmar, and Indravati Reserves. The new reserve is present in the northern part of the state that borders Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand.
The Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary was made a part of the Sarguja Jashpur Elephant Reserve in 2011. The Guru Ghasidas National Park used to be part of the Sanjay National Park before state bifurcation.
Tamor Pingla is located in Surajpur district of Chhattisgarh. Guru Ghasidas National Park is situated in Koriya district.
Guru Ghasidas National Park is the last known habitat of the Asiatic cheetah in the country. It came into existence in Sarguja region.
The Tamor Pingla Wildlife Sanctuary was set to be part of elephant corridor. Bhoramdeo Wildlife Sanctuary was earmarked as a Tiger Reserve.
The resistance from local population forced the government to back-track. It later culminated in notification of Guru Ghasidas National Park as tiger reserve.
Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh states are connected through Guru Ghasidas national park and it provides a corridor for tigers to move between the Bandhavgarh and Palamau Tiger Reserves.
Bhoramdeo provides link between Indravati Tiger Reserve in Chhattisgarh with the Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.