Posted by Jothis @ Munnar Tour Guide
Supreme Court has ordered that tourism be banned in core areas of all tiger reserves in the country. Since Tigers are practically on the verge of extinction while hearing a PIL (Public – Interest Litigation) filed by Environmentalist Ajay Dubey. Tiger breeding takes place in core areas which are meant to be kept free of any disturbance, including tourism. The buffer zones constitute the fringe areas of tiger reserves up to a distance of 10 kms, where tourism is still permitted.
India is one place where we get the opportunity to experience the finest of the tiger safaris and the wilderness of incredible tiger species. The Royal Bengal Tiger is the symbol of reigning power and is also the grandest animal in the jungle. A tiger Safari on an Indian trip is a must since it is a lot of fun to spot tigers in their natural surroundings. Indian tigers have a royalty about them and they are the grandest species in the world.
The court have also slammed the following states Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh for not notifying the buffer and core areas in tiger reserves in their states, once it is guided then the tourism will be permitted in the buffer zone restricting only the core areas for the welfare of the Tigers. These states will now have to pay Rs. 10,000 as fine. They have been given three weeks to issue notification on buffer zones in tiger reserve in their states.
Poorest impact of the order is that every Tiger reserve have now stopped the Jungle Safari trip which will directly affect the Wild Tourism rate. Unless the State Government takes proper step in guiding the core and buffer area in their reserves the ban will be extended. As of now the following Tiger reserves have already stopped their Jeep Safari trip like Mudumalai (Tamil Nadu), Bandipur and Kabini (Karnataka).