Village in Rajasthan relocated to protect tigers

Around 82 families in a village in Rajasthan, have been moved to a new location in a bid to increase the dwindling tiger population, officials say.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Around 82 families in a village in Rajasthan, have been moved to a new location in a bid to increase the dwindling tiger population, officials say.

The village of Umri in the Sariska tiger reserve, is the second village to be relocated to provide a secure habitat for the tigers.

The families have been compensated with either a payment of Rs 10 lakh or a combination of land, cash and livestock.

The tiger population in India has declined with just 1,700 of the majestic animal in the wild.

“The process took place with the cooperation of the families,” said an official. “We expect to relocate all families in different villages inside the reserve by 2013.”

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