Ban on tourism in tiger reserves affects livelihoods of locals
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