Brahmaputra Current Affairs - 2020

Royal Bengal Tigers in Sundarbans increase to 96

On May 7, 2020, the Bengal Forest Ministry announced that the number of Royal Bengal Tigers in the Sundarbans has increased to 96 according to the census conducted for the year 2019-20.

Highlights

In 2017-18, the total count of Royal Bengal Tigers in Sundarbans was 87. It increased to 88 in the 2018-19 census. With the numbers reaching 96, there has been a big leap. The tigers are healthy according to the video footages of the forest department. The cameras have been installed across 4,200 square kilometres. Of this, 3,700 square kilometres is said to be tiger territory.

Under IUCN, the Royal Bengal Tigers are listed as Endangered Species.

Tiger Territory

Tigers live in dense vegetation. A habitat of a tiger is not only the place where it lives and preys. It also includes the areas where the tigers congregate and establishes a territory. It is called Tiger Territory. Tigers generally limit their movements within their territory. Every tiger has its own territory.

Sundarbans

The Sundarbans are of universal importance and is the largest mangrove forest in the world. It is one of the World Heritage Site. The Sundarbans mangrove forests are formed on the delta of Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers.

Global Tiger Forum

The Global Tiger Forum is the only inter-governmental organization that is involved in promoting conservation of tiger. India is also a part of the programme. According to the forum, tigers have lost 97% of their population and 94% of their home.

Project Arunank running in full swing in China border despite of COVID-19

The Border Road Organization (BRO) is working in full swing to completely replace the Daporijo bridge. The bridge os the only line of communication to 451 villages located in the China border. Also, the BRO is engaged in snow clearance of Manali-Leh axis to provide relief to Ladakh and Lahaul valley.

Project Arunank

The Project Arunank is being implemented by BRO in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The project aims at linking remote regions of the borders with well developed strategic roads.

Daporijo Bridge

The Daporijo bridge is being constructed across the Subansiri river. The bridge was completely rusted and was a serious threat to the commuters.

The bridge is being constructed under voluntary approach of Project Arunank authorities. They are empowered to take such patriotic initiatives under the Army Act, 1950 and Army rules 1954.

Subansiri River

The Subansiri river runs in the states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. It is the largest tributary of Brahmaputra river.