636. SHRI TARUN VIJAY:
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state:
(a) whether there are increasing instances of tigers being sighted outside the protected areas in Uttarakhand;
(b) if so, the steps Government propose to take in this regard;
(c) whether the Ministry has received proposal from Uttarakhand Government to declare Nandhor as Wildlife Sanctuary;
(d) if so, when was the proposal received; and
(e) the time within which a decision can be expected in this matter?
MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (SHRIMATI JAYANTHI NATARAJAN)
(a) & (b) As per the findings of the recent all India tiger estimation (2010), tiger occupancy has mainly been reported in areas outside the Corbett tiger reserve in Uttarakhand. The State has been advised to include areas of Ramnagar, Terai West and Lansdowne Forest Divisions in the buffer / peripheral area of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.
(c) No Sir.
(d) & (e) Question does not arise.