Hubli-Ankola Railway Line Project

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News:Karnataka chief Minister has approved the Hubballi-Ankola railway line project despite opposition by several members of the State Board of Wildlife.

Facts:

  • The railway line passes through the dense forests between two major protected areas — Kali Tiger Reserve and Bedthi Conservation Reserve which are part of Western Ghats.

Additional Facts:

About Kali Tiger Reserve:

  • It is located in Karnataka.It comprises two important protected areas of the region namely Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary and Anshi National Park.
  • Vegetation:Moist deciduous and semi-evergreen with excellent patches of evergreen forests.
  • Habitat: Bengal tigers(Endangered), Indian elephants (Endangered) among others.

About State Boards for Wildlife

  • It has been constituted under the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.It is headed by the Chief Minister with the State Forest Minister as the Vice Chair.