State will register objection to SC restriction on tourism
BHOPAL: The state government will
register its objection over the restriction laid by the Supreme Court on all
tourism activities in the core areas of tiger reserves as the move is a setback
for the tourism industry of the state primarily based on the tiger reserves.
The ban will also restrict
thousands of devotees visiting Nagdwar in Pachmari to pay obeisance to Lord
Shiva every year.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh
Chauhan on Saturday held an informal meeting with the officers to discuss the
effects of blanket ban by the apex court especially on Pachmarhi.
It has happened as the entire
area of Pachmarhi, excepting the town, lies in the core area of Satpura tiger
reserve. The natural sites of Pachmarhi are very popular among the domestic and
These sites will be out of bound
for the tourists once the order of the apex court is implemented. The decision
will not only harm the tourism but also create livelihood problem for a large
number of associated tribal people, taxi operators, drivers, tourist guides,
hotel/resort operators and tour operators. All these issues were discussed in
In addition to this, a religious
fair is also organised at Nagdwar about 16km from Pachmarhi. This also lies in
the core area of Satpura Tiger Reserve.
Thousands of people visit this
place during Nag Pachmari to pay obeisance to Lord Shiva every year. If the
order is implemented, this will harm the religious sentiments of thousands of
Legal advice will be taken and
the state government will submit its objection to the Supreme Court. It will
inform the court about all the aspects and the effects of the restrictions laid
Panna Tiger Reserve buffer zone to be developed soon: CM
Chief minister Shivraj Singh
Chauhan said the buffer zone of Panna Tiger Reserve would be developed soon.
A notification towards this
direction would be issued after holding discussions and consultations with the residents
of the villages to be relocated from there.
The notification for buffer zones
of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench, Satpura and Sanjay Tiger Reserves were issued, he
Chauhan was addressing the eighth
meeting of the State Wildlife Board at Mantralaya on Saturday.
It was informed at the meeting
that the Central Zoo Authority and the Supreme Court have given permission for
establishing a zoo and rescue centre at Mukundpur in Satna district. Its
construction would start soon, he added.
Efforts for rehabilitation of
tigers in Panna National Park have been regarded as a novel initiative the
There was no tiger at Panna in
2009. Four tigresses and one tiger were translocated there. Now, their families
are growing and at present, there are five adult tigers and 14 cubs in the national
park. Chauhan also said tiger rehabilitation in Madhav Park was also under
Besides tiger, Madhya Pradesh has
also excelled in Bison rehabilitation. Fifty bison have been rehabilitated in
Bandhavgarh National Park. Preparations are being made to bring Barasingha from
Kanha National Park and rehabilitate it in Bori Sanctuary.
Work on it would start after
receipt of sanction from the Union Government, he added.