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Govt plans creches for cubs, real time monitoring of reserves to protect tigers

 

 

The Times of India, New Delhi, 14th September, 2014

 

 

NEW DELHI: Stray tiger cubs will now be cared for by the government and sent across to specially designed enclosures in national parks or zoos.

 

In an innovative step taken by environment and forest minister Prakash Javdekar, the Centre will set up a number of 'creches' for tiger cubs who get estranged from their mothers."This will be done soon", Javdekar said on Friday.

 

As part of other measures to protect tigers, a real-time monitoring of tiger reserves using management information system (MIS) will also be launched soon by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau. The new system will link all 47 tiger reserves in 18 States.

 

Besides, the ministry has recently approved a Special Tiger Protection Force which would start functioning in Melghat and Navegaon Nagzira tiger reserves in Maharashtra.

 

The Centre seems to be taking a series of measures for wildlife conservation which also includes creating six sensor-run gates on National Highway 39 (NH-39) to send signals to vehicles including trains passing through the forested areas when animals, especially elephants pass through.

 

Elephants have been killed and injured by trains in north Bengal while passing through the corridors over the last few years. These gates will be in place in the next six months, Javdekar said. Javdekar, who recently visited the home of the Indian rhinoceros at Kaziranga National Park, has already announced that an anti-poaching Rhino Protection Force made up of local youth will be created and funded by the Centre.