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The coverage of protected areas has risen to 5.03 per cent from 4.90 per cent of the country’s geographical area since the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government came to power in 2014, officials said on Saturday.Highlighting the government’s wildlife conservation efforts, they said there were 740 protected areas covering 1,61,081.62 sqkm in 2014 and their number is now 981 with an area of 1,71,921 sq km. The country achieved the goal of doubling the tiger numbers in 2018 itself, four years in advance from the targeted year 2022, officials noted.

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