Here’s some good news for those ‘wild’ at heart. The Centre has given in-principle approval to develop Madhav National Park in Shivpuri district as a tiger reserve. And chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has asked officers to consider notification of Ratapani as a tiger reserve, if locals are willing.
When these two sites are notified, Madhya Pradesh will become the state with the maximum number of tiger reserves. There are six tiger reserves and 10 national parks as of today. Civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia had met environment minister Bhupender Yadav a few months ago and submitted a proposal for reintroduction of tigers in Madhav National Park. “Madhav National Park has sustained a tiger population for over 200 years. This area used to be the Reserve Park of the erstwhile Gwalior royal family and boasted of a robust tiger population,” Scindia had written in his proposal.