Eight new tiger reserves to be taken under Project Tiger

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New Delhi, Nov 13 (UNI) Eight new forest areas, including Kaziranga National Park and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu, will be taken over under the government's flagship programme Project Tiger in the country.

Giving its approval for the takeover, the government has allocated Rs 32 crore for tiger conservation in new tiger reserve areas during the Eleventh Five Year Plan period.

Udanti and Sita Nadi wildlife sanctuary in Chhattisgarh would be the largest among the new reserves with 1,580 sq km area.

Anamalai-Parambikulam wildlife sanctuaries cover 1,410 sq km in area spread over the states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

According to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, the areas are: Satkosia Wildlife Sanctuary in Orissa with 988.30 sq km, Kaziranga National Park in Assam (916.67 sq km), Achanakmar Wildlife Sanctuary in Chhattisgarh (963.274 sq km), Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park in Karnataka (875.84 sq km), Sanjay National Park and Sanjay Dubri Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh (831.25 sq km) and Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary in Tamil Nadu (321 sq km).

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