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India’s Wildlife Corridor set to boost tourism


A wildlife corridor starting from Ranthambore in India’s Rajasthan and covering national parks in three districts in Madhya Pradesh, including the Panna Tiger Reserve, is set to boost tourism in the region and the country.

The Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia recently pointed out about the move, which, according to him, will result in economic and tourism development of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and also MP's Bundelkhand region.

In a brief conversation with the media persons in Gwalior, his home constituency, Scindia said, "There is a plan to make a wildlife corridor connecting Ranthambore (which houses a national park), Kuno-Palpur (Sheopur), the Madhav National Park (Shivpuri) and the Panna Tiger Reserve. This will result in economic and tourism development of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and also Bundelkhand region."

The proposed corridor will cover the Kuno-Palpur wildlife sanctuary in Sheopur district, the Madhav National Park in Shivpuri district and the Panna Tiger Reserve in Panna district, all in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.

An important aspect of this corridor is relocation of some cheetahs from South Africa that will add value to the project.

“There may be some weeks of delay in the translocation of cheetahs from South Africa to the Kuno-Palpur sanctuary because of the coronavirus pandemic,” Scindia said.

Ranthambore Tiger Reserve is one of India’s largest and most popular wildlife sanctuaries. The reserve lies in Rajasthan’s in Sawai Madhopur district, nestling amid the Aravali and Vindhya hill ranges.

Just 130 kms away from the capital city of Jaipur, this tiger reserve is one of the most visited in the entire nation, and it contributes a good revenue to the local economy. The ruins of havelis and mosques that dot the landscape and the 10th century Ranthambore fort that sits atop a hill give the park a curious blend of nature, history, wildlife and adventure.

The tiger distribution in the Ranthambhore Wildlife sanctuary – with an area of 1,334 square kilometres is an excellent example of Project Tiger’s efforts for conservation within the country. Side by side, farmers, pastoralists and daily labourers that live around the Tiger Reserve depend upon the natural resources of the reserve.

The project has evoked interest among the environmentalists, as they hope an increase in tiger population in the corridor. The Ranthambore Tiger Reserve currently has a population of more than 65 tigers, while just one big cat remains in the Mukundra reserve, after a series of deaths inside the reserve.

The proposed wildlife corridor will benefit not only Ranthambhore, but other reserves in terms of tourism, conservation of environment and job creation for local people.


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