●Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
•The Chief Minister of Maharashtra has requested the Union government for considering an alternative alignment for the Akola-Khandwa rail line that passes through the Melghat Tiger Reserve
•It lies in Melghat Forests of Amravati district in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra bordering Madhya Pradesh in the North and East.
•It is a part of the Satpura-Maikal landscape.
•It is among the first nine places in the country designated as tiger reserves in 1973-74.
•It forms a very important catchment to Tapi river systems
•It is the Deccan trap and underlying rock is basalt in one form or another.
It has various species of mammals including Tiger, Leopard, Sloth bear, Gaur, etc.
•The forests are of deciduous nature and have been classified as ‘dry deciduous forests’. Most prominent is Teak.
•The Korku tribe adds to the cultural diversity of the Reserve.
Other Tiger Reserves in Maharashtra: