Foresters, Tourism Corporation happy; say SC vindicates their stand
lifting of interim ban on tourism activities in the core tiger reserve areas by
the Supreme Court has been welcomed by the forest department as well as the
tourism department of the state. The decision has also been hailed by the
persons who earn livelihood through tourism in the state.
Principal chief conservator
of forest (wildlife) and chief wildlife warden Dr PK Shukla said the state
government was against the ban and it had also submitted an affidavit in the
court in this regard. Since tourism and other commercial activities in the core
areas are allowed in accordance with the guidelines, the state government was
anticipating a positive decision in this regard. ‘The department will ensure
that the tourism activities are allowed strictly in accordance with the
guidelines issued by NTCA,’ he added.
Director of MP Tourism Corporation acknowledged that the interim ban on tourism
activities caused a loss to the department but the loss could not be calculated
immediately. However he did not comment on the decision of the apex court since
he had not read the decision.
tourism attractions in the state Pachmarhi is said to be the goldmine of
tourism. There is no other source of livelihood except tourism in Pachmarhi
which falls in the core area of Satpura Tiger Reserve.
The ban by the
Supreme Court had created crisis of livelihood for thousands of people
dependent on tourism. According to
tourism department as many as 910151 tourists (domestic & foreign) had
visited Pachmarhi alone in 2011.
According to sources 8500 people including taxi drivers, guides,
photographers, employees were earning livelihood through tourism in Pachmarhi.
This excludes the hotel owners and local shopkeepers. These people faced crisis
due to restrictions laid by the apex court.
Pachmarhi, the other tiger reserves attract tourists from India and abroad. In
Bandhavgarh 93403 domestic tourists and 32800 foreign tourists visited in 2011.
In Kanha 140990 domestic and 24457 foreign tourists, in Pench 61687 domestic
and 5581 foreign tourists and in Panna 92484 domestic and 15068 foreign
tourists had visited in 2011.
A bench of
Justice AK Patnaik and Justice Swatanter Kumar on Tuesday gave the green signal
for resumption of tourism activities, modifying its July 24 order by which it
had banned all tourist activities in the core areas of tiger reserves on a PIL
filed by conservationist Ajay Dubey.