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India | Planned railroad lines would cut across 13 corridors used by tigers going between reserves

Nagpur: Even as the death of three tiger cubs by the speeding Chanda Fort-Gondia passenger train on Thursday in Chichpalli (Chandrapur district) is a grim reminder of how linear projects are killing the country’s wildlife, experts warned of more such incidents considering the proposed expansion of railway network in Central India that threatens to cut at least 13 tiger corridors across 23 tiger reserves.

Wildlife experts state Indian Railways have taken up trebling of railway line network sans mitigation measures which will cut multiple corridors in Central Indian Tiger Landscape (CITL). A third line to be added to major trunk routes threatens the viability of tigers in CITL.

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