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Tourism
Ban on tourism in tiger reserves affects livelihoods of locals
31-07-2012

BHOPAL: Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Tuesday called on Union Environment and Forest Minister Jayanti Natrajan and urged her to file a writ in the court for lifting ban on tourism in tiger reserves.

As per directives of the Supreme Court, tourism has been banned in reserves and national parks of Madhya Pradesh. Chauhan informed the Union minister that the ban has adversely affected livelihoods of a large number of local residents and people linked with tourism.

Chauhan said the Central Government should take appropriate initiative in the Supreme Court in this connection. He informed that besides wildlife conservation, livelihood of local people was also important. Ban on tourism may also pose dangers for the wildlife as well as forests in these areas. Tourism activities will cause no harm to wildlife and forests.

Chauhan also urged the Minister for early sanction to proposals regarding energy and irrigation projects in forest areas. He informed that in-principle consent has been given in most of the cases. Chauhan informed that residents of 108 out of 831 villages in core areas of forests have agreed to shift elsewhere.