No tourism in core areas of tiger reserves: Supreme Court

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 13, 2018 Published on July 24, 2012


Stepping in to conserve the big cat, the Supreme Court today directed that there shall be no tourism in any of the core zones of tiger reserves across the country.

A bench of Justices Mr Swatanter Kumar and Mr Ibrahim Kalifulla also warned of contempt proceedings and imposition of exemplary costs on States which failed to notify the buffer zones in their tiger reserves.

“We make it clear that till final directions are issued by this court, the core zones or core areas in the tiger reserves will not be used for tourism,” the bench said in its order.

The apex court was also furious that several States despite its earlier directions of April 4 and July 10 had failed to notify the buffer zones in their reserves and warned that if they failed to comply within three weeks the defaulting States shall be saddled with a cost of Rs 50,000 each, recoverable from the Principal Secretary, Forest, of the State concerned.

The apex court also imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 each on Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra and Jharkhand for not complying with its directions.

However, the counsels for Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand stated that they were ready with the notification and would file affidavits during the course of the day.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by conservationist Mr Ajay Dubey demanding removal of commercial tourism activities from core or critical tiger habitats in the tiger reserves.

Published on July 24, 2012
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