Supreme Court stays tourism-related activities in core areas of tiger reserves
Supreme Court, on Tuesday, stayed all tourism-related activities in core areas
of tiger reserves across the country. The decision was taken by the apex court
on a PIL filed by wildlife activist Ajay Dubey of Bhopal.
that a bench of Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice Fakkir Mohammed Ibrahim Kalifulla
said that it should be clear that the core areas in the tiger reserves should
not be used for tourism till a final decision is taken by the court.
The court has
asked the states to submit their objections on the guidelines issued by the
Government of India to regulate commercialisation of revenue land around big
cat habitats and help preserve the endangered species. After going through the
objections the court will give the final decision. The next hearing of the case
has been fixed on August 22.
He said the
court has slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on the states which have failed to notify
the buffer zones in their respective tiger reserves. The court, in its earlier
directions on April 4, had asked the states to notify the buffer zones in their
respective reserves within three months. On July 10, the apex court had granted
two more weeks to the states which failed to notify buffer zones around tiger
Dubey in the PIL
had alleged violation of the conservation norms and permission granted by
different states for large-scale construction of hotels, resorts and tourism
projects in conserved areas which were adversely affecting wildlife.