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20th February, 2023 Environment

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Context:  The National Tiger Conservation Authority of Central Government has approved the Odisha Government’s proposal to declare Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Sambalpur district a tiger reserve.


  • The State Government will soon notify Debrigarh as tiger reserve.
  • After Simlipal and Satkosia, Debrigarh will be the third tiger reserve of Odisha.


  • The Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary is located in the Sambalpur district in the Indian state of Odisha, covering a total area of 346.91 km2.
  • It is situated near the city of Sambalpur's Hirakud Dam.
  • The Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is an important location for the conservation of various local wildlife and their habitat.
  • It is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Over 40 species of mammals, 200 species of birds, 40 species of reptiles, 12 species of amphibians, 42 species of fishes, 39 species of odonates, 85 species of butterflies and 38 species of spiders have been found living in the sanctuary
  • The sanctuary is bound on the east and north by the huge Hirakud reservoir.
  • Debrigarh Wildlife Sanctuary is a Eco-sensitive Zone from both a ecological and environmental point of view and to prohibit industries or class of industries and their operations and processes in the said Eco-sensitive zone.