Tourist activities in tiger reserves, SC postpones hearing till Oct 9
BHOPAL: The Supreme Court on Wednesday postponed the hearing on the
petition seeking ban on tourism activities in core areas of tiger reserves till
The Madhya Pradesh government had submitted its objection on the Centre’s
guideline in this regard. The state government sought tourism activities in
total areas and not in 20 per cent of core areas.
The government, in an affidavit filed in the double bench of justice AK
Patnaik and justice Swatanter Kumar in the Supreme Court, said, the ban would
affect tourism business and livelihood of those living in the forest areas.
Rajasthan and Karnataka governments too had submitted objection on the
centre’s guideline proposed for protection of 41 tiger reserves.
The court said it would give opportunity to stakeholders before deciding
on a petition filed by social activist Ajay Dubey.
In July, the apex court had banned tourism in core areas of tiger
reserves based on an existing policy of the Centre. The ban was imposed after the
states failed to comply with the Centre\'s notification that tourism in core
areas be phased out.
centre government amended its guideline and sought tourism permission in 20 per
cent of core areas of the tiger reserves and requested the court to lift the
ban. Petitioner’s counsel Siddharth Gupta, however, objected on the lifting of the
ban. The court set October 9 for next hearing.