Out of 49 tiger reserves in India, Uttar Pradesh is home to 3 famous ones. If all goes as per the plan, the state will contribute to making the count reach 50. Yes, Uttar Pradesh is all set to get its fourth tiger reserve after Dudhwa, Amangarh, and Pilibhit. Akhilesh Yadav-led state government and the central government have taken steps to make this happen.
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has proposed a new tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh due to repeated sighting of pug marks in the state. Around 70% of the total tiger population is present in India, with almost 120 being found in Uttar Pradesh. The Suhelwa sanctuary will be converted into a tiger reserve. “Considering the centre’s advisory to convert Suhelwa Wildlife Sanctuary into a tiger reserve, the Uttar Pradesh government has now decided to take the proposal forward,” a senior official of the UP forest department said.
Akhilesh Yadav has shown immense interest in conserving the wildlife and populating the state as an eco-tourism hub. Under his governance the state has taken many initiatives to make this happen. From signing MoUs with foreign countries to protect wildlife to inaugurating Lion Safari in Etawah, a lot has been done in this front since 2012.
Suhelwa sanctuary is spread over an area of 452 sq. Km. and covers Shravasti, Gonda, and Balrampur. It will be the third tiger reserve in Uttar Pradesh which has been started by the CM Akhilesh Yadav, out of the 4 existing ones. This is exceptionally commendable and Social Samajwadi would like to applaud the hard work.