The National Green Tribunal (NGT) recently told the forest officials of Uttarakhand that it would direct the Union government to form a committee to initiate an investigation into “illegal tree cutting” in Jim Corbett National Park.
- The NGT’s move came after reports on the felling of trees in the Corbett Tiger Reserve (CTR).
- The report had quoted a Forest Survey of India (FSI) report stating that over 6,000 trees were illegally cut to pave the way for the Pakhro tiger safari project at the tiger reserve.
About the Jim Corbett National Park –
- Jim Corbett National Park is a part of the larger Corbett Tiger Reserve.
- It is located in Nainital district of Uttarakhand.
- The park encompasses the Patli Dun valley formed by the Ramganga river.
- The national park was established in 1936 as Hailey National Park to protect the endangered Bengal tiger.
- It is named after Jim Corbett who played a key role in its establishment.
- Key facts —
- It is the oldest national park in India.
- It was the first area to come under the Project Tiger initiative in 1973.