Recently, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) approved Odisha’s Proposal to declare Debrigarh a Tiger Reserve.
About Debrigarh Tiger Reserve:
- Located near the Hirakud dam at Sambalpur, spread over an area of 347 sq km Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the famous tourist destinations of western Odisha.
- It will become the third tiger reserve in Odisha after Similipal and Satkosia.
- It was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1985 and situated in the Bargarh district of Odisha near Hirakud dam (Mahanadi River).
- It finds a special mention because of noted freedom fighter veer Surendra sai. During his rebellion against the British Veer SurendraSaimade his base at ‘Barapathara” located within the sanctuary.
- Fauna: A wide varieties of animals including leopard, wild boar, bison, sambar, chital and Four-horned antelope are sighted in the sanctuary.
Q1) What is the National Tiger Conservation Authority?
The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) is a statutory body tasked with the management of Project Tiger and the many Tiger Reserves in India. It was established in December 2005 following the recommendation of the Tiger Task Force.