Maharashtra seeks alternative route for rail line through Melghat Tiger Reserve

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News: Maharashtra has asked the Union government for an alternate alignment to be considered for the upgradation of the railway line passing through Melghat Tiger Reserve(MTR).

Facts:

  • Melghat Tiger Reserve: It lies in Amravati district in the state of Maharashtra bordering Madhya Pradesh.It is also a part of the Satpura-Maikal landscape.
  • Vegetation: The forests are of deciduous nature and have been classified as ‘dry deciduous forests’.
  • Significance: It was the first Tiger Reserve to be declared in the State of Maharashtra in 1974.
  • River: The Tapti River and the Gawilgarh ridge of the Satpura Range form the boundaries of the reserve.