News:Recently, the Arunachal Pradesh Government has cleared the 692.7 km highway through the Pakke Tiger Reserve(PTR) to build the East-West Industrial Corridor.
About Pakke Tiger Reserve:
- Pakke Tiger Reserve also known as Pakhui Tiger Reserve is a Project Tiger reserve located in the East Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh.
- The tiger reserve is surrounded by the Nameri National Park of Assam in the south and south-east, Pakke River to the east and Bhareli or Kameng River to the west.
- Vegetation:It includes semi-evergreen, evergreen forest and Eastern Himalayan broadleaf forests.
- This Reserve has won India Biodiversity Award 2016 in the category of ‘Conservation of threatened species’ for its Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme.
About Project Tiger:
- Project Tiger is a tiger conservation programme launched in April 1973 by the Government of India.
- The project aims at ensuring a viable population of Bengal tigers in their natural habitats, protecting them from extinction and preserving areas of biological importance.
- The project is administered by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA).
About East West Industrial Corridor:
- The East-West Industrial Corridor Highway is a 692 kms long road proposed to be built in the foothills of Arunachal Pradesh.
- It aims to connect Bhairabkunda in West Kameng district and Manmao in Changlang district along Arunachal Pradesh’s border with Assam.