India

SC lifts ban on tourism in tiger reserves

The Supreme Court has lifted the ban on tiger tourism in core sanctuary areas. The court said that the guidelines submitted by Project Tiger must be followed. The court had banned tiger tourism in core breeding areas in July 2012.

But the Environment Ministry recommended lifting the ban and allowing tourism in 20 per cent of the area, and asking the resort owners to pay a “conservation fee”. The apex court had earlier slammed the government for its re-think on the ban on tourism in core tiger areas.

The Centre’s affidavit had virtually urged the apex court to review its July 24 interim order banning tourism in the core areas of the wild cats until final orders.

Source: IBN Live