Dehradun: In a move to strengthen the anti-poaching drive in Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji National Park, the forest authorities have decided to install more hidden cameras in the reserved forest area.

Nearly 200 cameras will be installed at undisclosed locations in these parks to monitor any illegal activities.

A dozen of hidden cameras are already installed in Corbett National Park. Plans are afoot to add more cameras in sensitive areas of Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji National Park and the dense forest region in the vicinity which will assist in keeping a tab on the activities inside the reserved area.

As per the plan, hidden cameras will be installed on the bordering areas of the park, nearly 100 km from Uttar Pradesh, Dhaulkhand, Gauhri, Cheela, Asharori, Haridwar , Motichoor and other areas.

As the existing cameras have played a key role in keeping an eye on the presence of wildlife and to keep a tab on the visitors entering the park, the expansion of coverage area for hidden cameras will help to control the wildlife trafficking.

Anil Balooni, Vice President, State Forest and Environment Advisory Monitoring Council said, “Usage of hidden cameras has helped to strengthen the safety and security of forest and wildlife. Soon cameras will be installed in the remaining parts of the Corbett Park and other national parks of the state."

It is worth mentioning that cameras in the park played a crucial role in nabbing wildlife smugglers who entered CTR reserve on July 25.

Simultaneously, installation of hidden cameras at different locations of the park and its vicinity has raised alarm bells ringing amongst the poachers.

Moreover, the authorities are planning to install cameras which can provide images captured on the same day. Presently, the existing cameras take at least a day to provide images.

Immediate accessibility to images on regular basis will help to apprehend the wildlife smugglers.

(JPN/Bureau)