Sunderbans Tiger Reserve gets additional assistance of Rs 1 crore

The Sunderbans Tiger Reserve in West Bengal, which had been severely affected by the recent cyclone Aila, has been given an additional assistance of Rs one crore, an official press release said here today.

Out of this, Rs 75 lakh has been earmarked for eco-development works and Rs 25 lakh will be spent on rebuilding the infrastructure in the reserve that was damaged by the cyclone, it said.

The decision will benefit 8,800 families of 26 villages. This special assistance would be in addition to the ongoing support given to the state under Project Tiger for Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, the release said.

The cyclone had damaged field camps and fringe villages bordering the reserve. Breaches in the embankments on the village’s side had caused large-scale flooding, which left lakhs of people marooned in the area. The infrastructure including camps, jetties, approach path, earthen embankments, staff quarters, and so on will be repaired with the assistance.

Besides, sal and bamboo poles will be provided to people to rebuild houses. Affected families will be supplied with salient resistant paddy seeds. Wicker baskets, earth cutting implements, bamboo mats and ropes will also be provided for rehabilitation, the release said.

The assistance have been provided after the damage assessment submitted by the Chief Wildlife Warden of West Bengal, it added.


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