About Rajaji Tiger Reserve & Rajaji National Park
Let's understand what is Rajaji Tiger Reserve & Rajaji Naional Park
April 20th 2015, The wildlife enthusiasts have a reason to cheer. The state Government after a long wait of about 30 years, has at last issued the final notification for the Rajaji National Park which consists of 9 ranges and is spread over 820.40 sq.km. of Haridwar, Pauriand Dehradun districts of Uttarakhand. The initial notification for the setting up of the Park under the Project Elephant was issued in 1983. However the final notification could not be issued since various hurdles had to be cleared. It may be recalled here that the Park, which marks the northern limits of the Asiatic elephant, is one of the safest heavens for jumbos in the country. At present, there are about 415 elephants in the Park and the male, female ratio is excellent.
About Tiger Reserve A few month ago, the Tiger Conservation Authority of India had agreed to grant to the Park the status of a Tiger Reserve, making it the second tiger reserve of the state. The first being the Jim Corbett Tiger Reserve, which was the first Tiger reserve of country. Wildlife Protection Society of India, Haridwar’s head Mr. Rajendra Agarwal, says, “It is indeed a matter of great delight for the wildlife conservationists of Uttarakhand. The Rajaji Park, besides being an Elephant Reserve , now will also be a Tiger Reserve , now will also be a Tiger Project and, thus it becomes the first National Park in the state to run the two most prestigious wildlife conservation projects- The Project Elephant and The Project Tiger.“
The granting of the status of Project Tiger in the Park required firstly, that the final notification for the National Park status be issued. Now with the issuing of the Final notification, decks have been cleared for the launch of Project Tiger in the Park. After the exact mapping of the Rajaji Park boundaries, 14 revenue villages on the periphery of the Gohari Range of the park have been excluded from the park boundary. As per directions of the Tiger Conservative Authority of India, the Rajaji National Park core area of the Rajaji Tiger Project, while about 300 sq.km. of Shyampur range of the Haridwar forest division and parts of Kotdwar and Laldhang forest division, which function as a buffer zone, will also be included in the Tiger Project, augmented area to 1150 sq.km.
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (Raja ji)
Chakravarti Rajagopalachari (Raja ji) was born on Dec.10th 1878. In 1900 he finished his studies in law. The nation discovered Rajaji in 1922, when the congress met at Gaya. In the word of the youth delegate Subhash Chandra Bose, ‘Rajaji was the hero of Gaya Congress’. Rajaji later played a very crucial role in the signing of the historic 1932 Poona (Yerveda)pact. Gandhi ji was fasting in prison and Rajaji, then acting President of the Congress was the key mediator between Dr. Ambedkar and Mahatma
Rajaji was appointed Governor of West Bengal in 1947after India’s independence. As Governor General he visited Dehradun in 1948, and was taken to the Shooting Block of the erstwhile Dehradun East Forest Division. On seeing the pristine beauty of the area he refused to hunt and suggested that this area must be conserved for his beauty. This eventually led to formation of Rajaji Wildlife Sanctuary. As anode to him when the National Park was formed in 1983 it was named after him.