Bhopal— Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is well known as the City of Lakes, but soon it will also be known as the Tiger Capital. The movement of about 40 tigers is noted around Bhopal city. There is no urban area across the country with more tigers around. Despite tiger movement in residential areas, there has not been any loss of life in the past 15 years. However, the administration still continues to issue warnings about the movement of tigers as a precautionary measure.
Where all is there tiger movement?
In Bhopal City, there is tiger movement in and around 13 residential areas within the radius of Kaliasot, Kerwa, Samardha, Amoni and Bhanpur. In particular, tiger cubs are born here. The entire family of Tigress T-123 is here. Also, several times in the past, tiger movement has been seen in Bhoj University as well.
In a conversation withThe Mooknayak, District Forest Officer Alok Pathak said that the Forest Department constantly monitors the movement of tigers. Every single tiger has been identified through e-surveillance. Through this technology, information about their location is recorded. More than 15 tigers move in the surrounding area, but at present they are in their own area in the forest. They are also monitored with surveillance cameras.
A national park in the heart of the city
According to Forest Department and Van Vihar National Park officials, there are 13 tigers in the Van Vihar park. Including these, there are more than 40 tigers around Bhopal. On the one hand, as regards the tigers, there is Van Vihar National Park in the middle of Bhopal. On the other hand, there is the tiger movement and habitat in the nearby forests.
Tigers living near to humans
Bhopal, the capital of Madhya Pradesh, is considered to be the first city in the country, where more than 40 tigers roam around. Bhopal district covers an area of 2,772square km, and its population density 855 persons per square km. Bhopal is also situated within the vicinity of the Vindhya mountain ranges. As per the 2011 Census of India, Bhopal district and city has a population of 1,798,218. It is an astonishing figure, and that tigers have easily settled in and around such a densely populated city.
Madhya Pradesh: the tiger state, where and how many?
In fact, according to the 2019 report on tigers, the official figures state that there are a total of 2,967 tigers in the country. Madhya Pradesh has the highest number of tigers among them, at a total of 526. There are six tiger reserves in Madhya Pradesh. There are 118 tigers in Kanha National Park, 115 in Bandhavgarh, 70 in Panna, 60 in Pench, 50 in Satpura and more than 25 in Sanjay Dubri. There is also a habitat of tigers in Ratapani Tiger Reserve, Bhopal and they are also found in large numbers here. In this context, following the counting this time, Madhya Pradesh can again be declared the tiger state.
यहाँ हिन्दी में भी पढ़ें– मध्य प्रदेशः इंसानी बस्तियों के बीच बाघों का मूवमेंट, शहर के आस-पास रहते हैं 40 से ज्यादा टाइगर!
[Story Translated By Lotika Singha]