NH-363, railway track act as impediments for passage of tigers into Kawal Reserve

The forest department has identified National Highway 363 and the railway tracks in the area as impediments to free passage of tigers into the core area of the Kawal Tiger Reserve (KTR) from Thadoba Andhari and Thippeshwar Tiger reserves bordering Maharashtra.

The forest department has proposed three underpasses or bridges at identified places for smooth passage of tigers on NH-363 and also at the railway track in Komaram Bheem Asifabad (KBA) and Mancherial districts. Proposals for construction of underpasses or bridges for smooth passage of tigers have been submitted to NHAI and SCR authorities.

The 94.6km stretch of NH363 is being converted into a four-lane road – in place of the two-way lane — from Wankidi on the borders of Telangana and Maharashtra to Mancherial of Telangana. Road widening works are in progress and the third railway track is being laid. Works are in progress.

The tigers have not made the core area of KTR as their habitat till now.

After Kawal wildlife sanctuary was declared as a tiger reserve in 2012, lot of funds are being invested in the conservation of forests in KTR, but this is of no use so far. No tiger has made KTR its habitat till now.

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