TAMIL NADU

‘Number of tigers has gone up’

Staff Reporter

ERODE: The tiger population in Tamil Nadu has gone up in the recent past following stringent measures implemented by the State Government for wildlife protection, Forest Minister N. Selvaraj has said.

Currently, the tiger count in the State is estimated to be 76.

Sometime ago it was 62, he said.

Inspection

The Sathyamangalam forest range has eight tiger, he said after inspecting the site selected to lay a road for Kundri village in the forests near here on Wednesday.

The country had over 3,400 tigers about 10 years ago.

But it had gone down to 1,411, he added.

Sanctioned

The Minister said that the State Government sanctioned a sum of Rs. 8 crore for laying a road connecting the Kundri and Kadambur villages. The new road would benefit the residents of Kundri village, which was located about 35 km away from Kadambur.

Senior officials accompanied the Minister.

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