NAGPUR: The six-member committee set up to discuss draft proposal of Bor Tiger Reserve on Monday recommended that Bor and New Bor wildlife sanctuaries, 60km from here in Wardha district, be treated like extension of 257 sq km Pench Tiger Reserve.
The panel headed by SS Mishra, additional principal chief conservator of forests (APCCF), wildlife, Nagpur (East), met on Monday. Four committee members CCF and field director MS Reddy, member of National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) KishorRithe, manager of Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) PrafullaBhamburkar and head of zoology department with Hislop College RJ Andrews were present. VB Sawarkar, ex-director of Wildlife Institute of India (WII), deliberated with others over phone.
Bor Tiger Reserve was announced by the then environment minister Jairam Ramesh during his visit to Nagpur amid demand by greens on September 13, 2010. However, as 59.70 sqkm Bor was too small to be a tiger reserve, in November 2011 it was proposed to declare Bor as 'satellite' core of Pench. A formal proposal about satellite core was not prepared so far.
In March 2012, state government notified 61 sqkm area around existing Bor as New Bor sanctuary. "We discussed the draft proposal of Bor tiger reserve which has been clubbed by combining areas of both the sanctuaries. A proposal would be sent to chief wildlife warden in a week," Mishra told TOI.
"You may call Bor an extension of Pench or a satellite reserve. Bor will be declared a critical tiger habitat as its forms corridor to Pench and Melghat tiger reserves and will play vital role in dispersal of tigers," said Mishra.
According to sources, deputy conservator of forests for Wardha is sitting over a proposal to include another 160 sq km area to be included in the reserve. If this area is included, Bor can be a 280 sq km reserve and benefit long-term survival of tigers. There is opposition from Wardha division to part with its area.
As per 2010 tiger estimation report of National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), there are 24 tigers in Pench and Bor landscape. "Bor is an important area that has the potential of serving as a 'stepping stone' for tigers dispersing from source area of Pench," said Mishra.
Source:Times of India, 2 July 2013