Saturday, May 21, 2005

Money wasn't the problem here

‘‘After such expenditure on areas like resettlement, community care and general conservation, it’s surprising that the Ranthambhore tiger reserve still faces huge biotic pressure (see box on page 2) and we need armed policemen to stand guard around the Park. We are not even in a position to conduct any constructive dialogue with the local population. If money was not the problem, we must ask what was?’’ says Rajesh Gopal, director, Project Tiger.

Jay Mazoomdaar looks at the funding of Ranthambore, 'crown jewel' of tiger reserves in the country.