NTCA Sets up Ten Member Committee to Monitor Land Use Practices in Tiger Reserves

The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has set-up a 10-member expert panel to monitor land-use practices like mining, road construction and railway lines that affect tiger habitats. The panel will draw upon the best practices prevailing in other countries. The panel will examine current demands for diversion of habitat areas towards infrastructure projects in the tiger range states. It will also make recommendations for harmonising land use vis-a-vis tiger conservation in India. The panel will submit its report in six months. Key projects that will come under the review will be the four laning of NH6 (which cuts between Navegaon and Nagzira National Parks), the four laning of NH7 (which threatens the Pench tiger reserve) as well as mining projects around Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).

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