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Tadoba big cats' big-screen debut delayed, thanks to cash crunch

Documentary planned on tiger reserve in limbo after forest officials approach international television network, realise project will require crores of rupees

It doesn't need a 'Sher'lock Holmes to infer that the state and its citizens need to do all they can to foster the tiger. So, apart from sustaining tiger parks, the state forest department has been mulling over making a film on the Tadoba tiger reserve, with the idea of promoting tiger tourism at national and international levels. However, the project seems to be in limbo because of the huge costs involved.


One for the camera: The state's forest department plans to promote
tiger tourism at national and international levels by screening the film.
Representation Pic


To highlight the vibrant legacy of the few tigers that are left in Tadoba, the department is in talks with a leading TV channel that specialises in making and screening films on animals.

According to sources, the authorities had a meeting with the channel to discuss issues related to funds allotment. However, considering the clauses recommended by the network, the department has been forced to reconsider, as the presumptive expenses run into crores.

Tiger in the tale
In a recent meeting organised by the state's Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management And Planning Authority (CAMPA), Nagpur, it had been decided to issue about Rs 85 lakh for the film project. However, the production house has allegedly demanded full control of screening rights and 100 per cent advance payment.

"After various issues and ideas were discussed in the recent meeting, suggestion has been sought from the state's Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Wildlife," said a source.

Dr Arvind Kumar Jha, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, confirmed that the department has plans of making a film on the tiger reserve in Tadoba.

"The project is only in the initial stages. Our idea behind this was to make people aware of the state's rich tiger heritage. This film will help us educate citizens who are still clueless about the tiger reserve," he said.

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Area of the national park in square kilometres

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