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Karnataka decides to close private resorts near sanctuaries

PTI Bangalore | Updated on October 23, 2012

Notices would be served to close existing private resorts and their operations since they are causing harmful effects on forests and wildlife.

The Karnataka Government has decided to order closure of all private commercial resorts located in the vicinity of wildlife sanctuaries in the state to curb harmful effects on forests and wildlife.

It was also decided to shut all the forest department’s guest houses located inside forests in the state, the Minister for Forest, C P Yogeeshwara, who held a meeting with department officials today, said here.

New guest houses would be built outside the forests for carrying out administrative and other works of the department, the Minister said.

There was a huge demand for accommodation in forest guest houses from relatives of IFS officers and other higher level officials.

Notices would be served on owners of all existing private resorts to close their operations since they have been causing harmful effects on forests and wildlife, Yogeeshwara said.

To take advantage of tourists visiting wildlife sanctuaries, particularly tiger reserves, resorts have come up in the vicinity of reserved forest areas. Private parties have illegally constructed 30 resorts by encroaching forest areas.

The department’s principal secretary would tour wildlife sanctuaries and formulate guidelines to restrict movement of tourists and vehicles inside tiger reserves, he said.

Published on October 22, 2012

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