Centre approves Rs 4.3cr for Project Tiger at Tadoba
TOIUnion ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) has given administrative approval to the continuation of Project Tiger scheme in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) here at the cost over Rs 4.37 crore. Of the total cost, recurring cost of Rs 2.99 crore would be shared on 50:50 basis between union and state government, while remaining cost would be treated as 100% central assistance, official sources said.
Sources claimed that MoEF has sanctioned the release of Rs 1.56 crore as first instalment of central share towards grant-in-aid to Maharashtra government for financial year 2011-12. The balance amount of central assistance would be released in due course after review of progress of expenditure and the works undertaken. The authorities have been directed to see that the sanctioned grant is used within the current fiscal year strictly in TATR, sources said.
Out of total approved cost of the scheme, central government share would be Rs 2.88 crore. "Actual release of funds under grant-in-aid presently is Rs 2.30 crores. However, since Rs 74.61 lakh has been adjusted against previous balance of year 2010-11 with state government, the net release of grant stands at Rs 1.54 crore," sources explained.
The sum of Rs 1.23 crore would be spent on non-recurring items like anti-poaching measures, habitat management, strengthening of infrastructure, staff deployment and capacity building, procurement of equipment and ensuring human-wildlife coexistence in buffer areas of TATR. "Similarly, Rs 2.99 crore is going to be spent on recurring items. Apart from recurring expense on the expenditure heads stated above, the sum would also be utilized for fire protection, addressing man-wildlife conflict and maintaining elephant squad in TATR," sources explained.
Apart from this, Rs 15 lakh would be spent on eco-development activities in core and buffer areas of TATR, sources added. CCF, TATR, Vinaykumar Sinha confirmed the sanction of funds for centrally sponsored scheme Project Tiger in Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve.