Bhubaneswar, 18 July-2014: Union government on Thursday approved the creation of tiger reserves at two new places in the country, which includes Odisha’s Sunabeda.
“In-principle approval has been accorded by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for creation of two new tiger reserves and the sites are Ratapani (Madhya Pradesh) and Sunabeda (Odisha),” Environment minister Prakash Javadekar told Rajya Sabha in a written reply. Apart from that, Javadekar said that concurrence has been accorded for creation of four more elephant reserves, including two in Odisha.
The proposed Sunabeda Tiger Reserve spreads over 600 square kilometres on the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border in Nuapada district. The Sunabeda sanctuary had 32 tigers and 36 leopards, as per the 2004 tiger census. However, no tiger census was conducted in 2010 due to the Maoist threat.
(Input Source: orissadiary.com)