Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave today said that over 100 tigers have died in various parts of the country since January this year.
"The number of tigers died from January 2016 till date is106 as per information received from states," he said in a written reply.
He said that the number of tigers which died due to confirmed poaching including seizure from January 2015 till date is 42 (12 incidents in 2015 and 30 in 2016).
He said that as per the country level assessment of tiger population, done once in four years, using refined methodology, there is a 30 per cent increase in the tiger numbers country wide in 2014 with an estimated number of 2226 (range 1945-2491) as compared to 2010 estimation which indicated 1706 (1520-1909) tigers which in turn registered an increase of around 20 per cent over number of 1411 (1165-1657) as per 2006 estimation.
Replying to another question, he said that 314 and 712 projects were accorded environmental clearance by government in 2014 and 2015 respectively.
(With PTI inputs)