Despite the difficult conditions arising due to the Corona crisis, the central government has voted on Corbett and Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand. A budget of 19.44 crore for Corbett and 10.04 crore for Rajaji has been approved for various works in this financial year under Project Tiger. Along with this, an amount of 7.16 crores has been released to Corbett and 3.40 crores to Rajaji as the first installment.
The Chief Wildlife Guardian of the state, Rajiv Bhartari, has directed to spend this amount till October. This is probably the first time that under Project Tiger, funds have been approved and released so soon in a financial year. Last year, Rajaji received funds under Project Tiger in October.
In view of the circumstances arising out of the Corona crisis this time, the National Tiger Conservation Authority had instructed to immediately send an annual action plan from all the tiger reserves, so that the budget can be released soon. In this sequence, Uttarakhand also sent an action plan for both tiger reserves and now funds have also been released as the first installment for them.
Chief Wildlife Advocate Rajiv Bhartari confirmed that both the tiger reserves had approved the budget for various works this year under Project Tiger and the first installment was released. He said that now throughout the year, both the tiger reserves will continue to work with assurance. The budget will be used better. He informed that the directors of both tiger reserves have been directed to use the first installment amount by October.