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Tourism
Supreme Court stays tourism-related activities in core areas of tiger reserves
24-07-2012

BHOPAL: The 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. 

Dubey informed 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 reserves.

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.