The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on Friday suggested certain changes in the tiger conservation plan (TCP) of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR).
A meeting to discuss the plan was held at Delhi on Friday morning by the expert committee. The committee appreciated the detailed plan but suggested to incorporate some minor changes and come back again.
A presentation was made by chief conservator of forests (CCF) and field director of TATR VK Sinha.
Talking to TOI, SP Yadav, joint director of NTCA, said the plan has not been approved and the experts have asked to make some changes.
Sinha said that minor changes were suggested though the plan was by and large applauded. "The changes will be made after we receive NTCA communication," he added.
The amended Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 enables provision for preparing a TCP for proper management of a tiger reserve which includes staff development and deployment plan.
Of the four tiger reserves in Maharashtra, TCPs for Pench and TATR were prepared and sent to the state government in 2009. The government approved the TCP for TATR and sent it to the NTCA while TCP of Pench is still lying with the government. Preparation of plan for Melghat is under process.
Once approved, the TCP will take care of ecologically compatible land uses in tiger reserves and areas linking it to another for addressing the livelihood concerns of locals so as to provide dispersal habitats and corridors for spill over population of wild animals from the designated core areas.