NAGPUR: A pilot project first implemented in Uttarakhand's Corbett tiger reserve, with 24x7 surveillance, will be now implemented inTadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) and its landscape.

"Owing to spurt in poaching of tigers in the landscape of Corbett, we had launched a 24x7 surveillance model in 400 sq km area last year. It is yielding results," said Rajesh Gopal. A team of forest officials from Maharashtra will visit Corbett soon to study the model before implementing it here.

For round-the-clock surveillance, Corbett is using high definition cameras. The project E-eye (electronic eye) is a software-based system, where 10 high resolution thermal and infrared cameras mounted on towers are spread across the 400 sq km area of the park, which falls in a highly sensitive zone bordering Uttar Pradesh.

The cameras capture images of objects weighing more than 20kg and generate alerts if they are crossing the boundary. The alerts are sent to the control room at the park and the NTCA office in Delhi.

All the cameras have been placed in positions from where they cover the entire 400 sq km of the area and can be controlled by NTCA officials sitting in Delhi.

According to Gopal, due to shortage of field staff it was getting difficult to cover the entire 800 sq km of Corbett and installation of cameras has brought down the incidence of infiltration in the area drastically. The cost of the project is around Rs 3.5 crore (1 crore = 10 million rupees).

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