The Corbett National Park is set to receive Rs 6.40 crore from the National Tiger Conservation Authority for further sprucing up security and facilitating livelihood development for villagers dependent on the forest. According to officials, the authority has already released Rs 3crore as the first installment of the grant.
In the latest tiger census, the Corbett National Park was found to have the highest tiger density in India with 9.4 per 100 sq km. According to the latest figures, there are more than 200 tigers in the Corbett Tiger Reserve landscape but factors like increasing population pressure from human settlements and threat of poaching have continued to pose challenges. According to department officials, the grant being received from the NTCA will be used for various purposes like boosting the patrolling, providing arms and equipment to staff and on developing livelihood opportunities for forest dependent rural communities in the area.
The authorities will draft a patrolling calendar which will be followed by members of the Tiger Protection Force and ex-servicemen who will also be employed for patrolling in Corbett. In addition to this the department will procure arms, field fear, night vision equipment and navigational instruments.