A recent successful village relocation programme that provided much needed inviolate spaces for tigers at Sariska (STR) was presented at a two-day conference conducted by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in Nagpur. The chief wildlife warden (CWLW), Mohan Lal Meena in his presentation informed that STR administration has entirely relocated two villages Daabli and Paanidhaal, from the reserve and relocation of Sukola and Haripura is under process.
Field director, STR, RN Meena informed, “The efforts of relocating approximately 60 families from reserve within a span of six months was appreciated by the NTCA. During the conference officials of different tiger reserve will hold deliberations on various subjects including management effectiveness Evaluation (MEE), All India Tiger Estimation Report, implementation of CA/TS in all tiger reserves and All India Tiger Estimation (AITE).” According to the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the government of Rajasthan had notified 881.11 sq-km area as CTH on December 28, 2007. As per records, there were 26 villages in CTH that need to be relocated and that are said to be violating the tiger habitat. Out of these, 10 villages are on ‘Priority I’ and the rest are on ‘Priority II’.