TT, Alipurduar, Feb. 22: The Union ministry of environment and forests has launched a software to ensure better monitoring of tigers that will be introduced in the Buxa Tiger Reserve by April.
The software has been made in collaboration with the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for all tiger reserves in the country.
"MSTrIPES", a hi-tech monitoring system, would be introduced in Buxa Tiger Reserve by April and each beat officer will get an Android phone with the software inbuilt that will help to monitor tigers in the habitat, Ujjal Ghosh, the field director of the BTR, said.
There are 42 beat offices in Buxa with one officer each.
MSTrIPES is a GPS-based software that will provide patrolling protocols and record wildlife crimes.
The software will also handle ecological monitoring and store data related to tiger monitoring.
Ghosh said: "The forest guards will have to fill in information about the area they patrolled and number of tigers spotted daily in the Android phones. This information will be passed by the beat officer to the forest range officer who will forward the same to the division officer, followed by the state government. The state will then pass on the information to the Tiger Control Cell of WII in Dehradun. Through this system, there will be a statistical analysis of data regarding protection and monitoring of the tigers."
According to a forest officer, the BTR is important to the NTCA because 'Tiger Augmentation Programme' would be held here this year.