People have been making a fuss about Uttarakhand's Jim Corbett National Park name change to Ramganga National Park for a few days. But what's the real story? You'll learn everything about it in the next few lines.

Following a visit by the Union Minister of state for environment, Ashwini Kumar Choubey, on October 3, several news reports were shared stating he sought a proposal in the regard of name change from the state forest department.

But after several reports went viral and created a fuss, the Uttarakhand government clarified on Thursday that it has neither received any proposal nor was in favour of changing the name of Jim Corbett National Park to Ramganga National Park, as reported by News18.

Controversy

JIM CORBETT PARK

The whole confusion regarding the name change started after Union minister of state for forest and environment, Ashwini Kumar Choubey visited the Jim Corbett National Park and after being told about the place's history, he responded by saying he personally preferred the name, ‘Ramganga National Park’. He reportedly also wrote about the preferred name in the guestbook provided, where dignitaries leave their personal impressions and suggestions.

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History Of Jim Corbett National Park

According to records, Hailey National Park was established in 1936 which was later renamed to Ramganga National Park in the year around 1950, post Independence, for a brief period of time before it finally changed to Jim Corbett National Park.

The previous name Ramganga was named after the river that flows through the place.

About the Jim Corbett National Park

RAMGANGA PARK

The Jim Corbett National Park is located in the Himalayan foothills near the tourist hill station of Nainital. It is spread over 520 sq kilometers and is part of the Corbett Tiger Reserve. Tiger reserve which is over 1,288 sq km, along with the neighbouring 301 sq kilometer-Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary make the critical tiger habitat of the Corbett Tiger Reserve.

It is a mesmerizing park with its diverse wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.

Corbett was chosen as the launchpad for India's tiger protection programme, Project Tiger, in 1973, and became the country's first tiger reserve. The reserve is estimated to have 252 tigers after last year's count.

According to the annual tiger population estimation exercise jointly conducted by the state forest department and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), this is an increase of 21 from 231 in a year.

Wild elephants, tigers, leopards, barking deer, nilgai, sloth bear, leopard cat, sambur, and other animals can be found in the national park. The park is thought to be home to over 580 species of resident and migratory birds. Tourists can explore the park in a safari.

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