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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 international tourists.

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 the meeting.

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 people.

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 by it.

 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 added.

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 world over.

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 consideration.

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.