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Centre clears Buxa tiger relocation plan

Buxa Tiger Reserve in north Bengal is all set to house at least a pair of big cats within the next six months.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority under the ministry of environment and forests has given its go-ahead to a tiger relocation project in Buxa, which has not reported any tiger sighting in the last two decades.

The animals will in all likelihood be brought from any of the northeast forests, which now has surplus tiger population, a forester said.

This will be the third such tiger relocation project in the country after Rajasthan's Sariska and Madhya Pradesh's Panna, both of which lost all its tigers by 2004 and 2008 respectively.

The national tiger body in its technical committee meeting on Tuesday reviewed the project proposal submitted by the state and gave its go-ahead on a "priority" basis.

"We have asked the Bengal foresters to make the reserve conducive for tiger survival. This includes efforts like improving the habitat and prey base and strengthening security measures," NTCA's member secretary Bishan Singh Bonal said .

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