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SHEOPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the Cheetah project, under which the big cats were reintroduced to the country after their extinction seven decades ago, is his government’s effort to conserve the environment and wildlife.

Modi was speaking after release of cheetahs by air from Namibia to special enclosures in Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh.

Modi, who turned 72 on Saturday, released three of the eight cheetahs, which made the transcontinental flight, into an enclosure by flipping a lever.

The Prime Minister said it was unfortunate that “we declared the cheetah extinct in 1952, but for decades no constructive effort was made to reintroduce it”.

SEE PHOTOS | PM Modi releases eight Namibian cheetahs in Kuno National Park

He thanked the Namibian government for its assistance in the cheetah reintroduction program in India.

“The Cheetah project, under which cheetahs were reintroduced to the country after their disappearance seven decades ago, is our effort for environmental and wildlife conservation,” he said.

“The cheetahs are our guests, we should give them a few months to settle in Kuno National Park,” Modi said.

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Coverage of protected areas has increased from 4.90% to 5.03% of the country’s geographical area since the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, officials said on Saturday.

Highlighting the government’s wildlife conservation efforts, they said there were 740 protected areas covering 1,61,081.62 km2 in 2014 and the number is now 981 with an area of ​​1,71,921 km2.

During the day, Modi released eight cheetahs brought from Namibia into Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh to boost the country’s wildlife.

Forest and tree cover has increased by 16,000 km2 over the past four years.

India is one of the few countries in the world where forest cover is constantly increasing, they said.

“There has also been an increase in the number of community reserves. From 43 in 2014, their number has increased to more than 100 in 2019,” an official said.

READ ALSO | ‘Cheetah releases tamasha orchestrated by PM to avoid national problems’: Congress

India is home to 52 tiger reserves covering an area of ​​around 75,000 km² in 18 states, home to around 75% of the world’s wild tiger population.

The country met the target of doubling the number of tigers in 2018 itself, four years ahead of the target year of 2022, officials noted.

The tiger population in India has increased from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018.

The budget allocation for tiger conservation has increased from Rs 185 crore in 2014 to Rs 300 crore in 2022, officials said.

The Asiatic lion population has also shown a steady increase with a population of 674 compared to 523 in 2015, an increase of 28.87% – one of the highest growth rates to date – they said.

India had 12,852 leopards up from the previous estimate of 7,910 in 2014, recording a more than 60 percent increase in their population, they noted.

SHEOPUR: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday that the Cheetah project, under which the big cats were reintroduced to the country after their extinction seven decades ago, is his government’s effort to conserve the environment and wildlife. Modi was speaking after releasing cheetahs flown in from Namibia into special enclosures in Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh. Modi, who turned 72 on Saturday, released three of the eight cheetahs, which made the transcontinental flight, into an enclosure by flipping a lever. The Prime Minister said it was unfortunate that “we declared the cheetah extinct in 1952, but for decades no constructive effort was made to reintroduce it”. SEE PHOTOS | Prime Minister Modi releases eight Namibian cheetahs to Kuno National Park He thanked the Namibian government for its assistance in the cheetah reintroduction program in India. “The Cheetah project, under which cheetahs were reintroduced to the country after their disappearance seven decades ago, is our effort for environmental and wildlife conservation,” he said. “The cheetahs are our guests, we should give them a few months to settle in Kuno National Park,” Modi said. WATCH: Coverage of protected areas has increased from 4.90% to 5.03% of the country’s geographical area since the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014, officials said on Saturday. Highlighting the government’s wildlife conservation efforts, they said there were 740 protected areas covering 1,61,081.62 km2 in 2014 and the number is now 981 with an area of ​​1,71,921 km2. During the day, Modi released eight cheetahs brought from Namibia into Kuno National Park in Madhya Pradesh to boost the country’s wildlife. Forest and tree cover has increased by 16,000 km2 over the past four years. India is one of the few countries in the world where forest cover is constantly increasing, they said. “There has also been an increase in the number of community reserves. From 43 in 2014, their number has increased to more than 100 in 2019,” an official said. READ ALSO | “Cheetah release tamasha orchestrated by Prime Minister to avert national trouble”: Indian Congress is home to 52 tiger reserves covering around 75,000 sq km in 18 states, home to around 75% of the world’s wild tiger population. The country met the target of doubling the number of tigers in 2018 itself, four years ahead of the target year of 2022, officials noted. The tiger population in India has increased from 2,226 in 2014 to 2,967 in 2018. Budget allocation for tiger conservation has increased from Rs 185 crore in 2014 to Rs 300 crore in 2022, officials said. The Asiatic lion population has also shown a steady increase with a population of 674 compared to 523 in 2015, an increase of 28.87% – one of the highest growth rates to date – they said. India had 12,852 leopards up from the previous estimate of 7,910 in 2014, recording a more than 60 percent increase in their population, they noted.

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