Maharashtra mulls tiger tourism

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government is proposing to tag Nagpur as the `tiger capital` of the state to gain more visitors as it gears up to promote the state on India`s tourist map.

"We have decided to make Nagpur the gateway to the tiger land as Maharashtra and Gujarat have the highest tiger population (in the country). States like Gujarat and Kerala are already promoting their assets… in order to stay in competition we will now promote what we have in abundance," Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters who visited the state recently as part of a tour organised by the Maharashtra government.

Maharashtra has a tiger population of 169 as per the 2010 census, Nagpur being the highest scorer with 148 tigers.

The total number of tigers has gone up from 103 to 169 in a period of four years.