NTCA seeks report to convert Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary into Tiger Reserve

National Tiger Conservation Authority seeks report from the Forest Department to explore the possibilities of upgrading the Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary into a Tiger Reserve.

NTPC has asked for a detailed report to explore the core buffer strategy and landscape approach towards tiger conservation. The sanctuary is being considered for tiger reserve to accommodate the rising population of the big cats in the state.

It is to be noted that the Forest Department of Rajasthan had already initiated the process of upgrading the Kumbhalgarh Sanctuary located at Rajsamand into a Tiger Reserve.

The department has submitted a final proposal to the chief warden. It is now in the process of preparing a detailed report as sought by the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

The proposed name of the area is Kumbhalgarh Tiger Reserve. It will constitute Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary, Todgarh-Raoli Wildlife Sanctuary along with the adjoining forest areas.

The area of the proposed reserve is 1280.49 square km. Out of this, 355.25 square km will be the core area and 925 square km will be kept as a buffer area in phase I.
Highlights of the proposed tiger reserve:
  • No revenue village in the core area
  • The proposed reserve lies in the districts of Udaipur, Rajsamand, Pali, and Ajmer.
  • It is located in the oldest range of Aravali.
  • The proposed tiger reserve starts from Khulbrahora (Gujarat) and culminates till Delhi ridge.
  • The habitats of both the sanctuaries are suitable for tiger.
  • Both the sanctuaries are connected by a common corridor