The tiger population in the country has grown from 1,400 in 2014 to 2,977 in 2019, according to the report.
“With around 3,000 tigers, India has emerged as of one of the biggest and safest habitats for them in world,” Modi said as he lauded all the stakeholders involved in the country’s
“Nine long years ago, it was decided in St. Petersburg (Russia) that the target of doubling the tiger population would be 2022. We in India completed this target four years in advance. This is the finest example of Sankalp Se siddhi (Attainment through Resolve),” he said.
He invoked two Bollywood movie titles to emphasise the need to expand and strengthen tiger conservation efforts.
The story of protecting tigers that started with “Ek Tha Tiger” (there was once a tiger) and reached “Tiger Zinda Hai” (the tiger is alive) should not end there, he said, efforts towards conservation should be expanded and sped up.
“In 2014, the number of protected areas were 692, the number rose to more than 860 in 2019. Similarly, the number of community reserves were 43 in 2014 and rose to more than 100 in 2019,” he said.
He said India will build more homes for its citizens and also create quality habitats for animals at the same time.
“I just want to tell the people associated with this work that the story which started with Ek Tha Tiger and reach Tiger Zinda Hai should not stop there.This will not work. The work towards tiger conservation has to be expanded and sped up,” he said.