Supreme Court lifts the ban on Tiger Tourism Today

Supreme Court today allowed tourism in at least 20 per cent of what is known as core areas of tiger sanctuaries. The top court said that states will have to adhere to guidelines issued by Centre on tiger tourism and conservation.

In July, the Supreme Court had banned tourism in core areas of all 41 tiger reserves in the country based on an existing policy of the Centre.

Various state governments argued that the stay should be lifted because it is hurting the economy of the states with the tourist season beginning on October 1. Under pressure from various state governments, the Centre had approached the top court for lifting the ban partially.

The Centre had filed an affidavit in the court asking for the ban to be lifted on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves. In the affidavit, the Centre had outlined the revised guidelines to protect the tiger population.

The guidelines presented to the court talked about the phasing out of permanent tourist facilities located inside the core areas of the reserve in a specified time frame.

Finally, the Ranthambore, Sariska and other National Parks would be open for the tourists to once again enjoy the Forest Safaris!! Start  your bookings….!!

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