Ranthambore hit by ban on Tourism: Final verdicts are awaited

Wildlife enthusiasts who visit India in droves to see tigers in the wild have been left in the lurch due to the Supreme Court’s ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves.

Though the final judgment is still awaited, the ban has already hit the tour business in the tiger zones. The Supreme Court has given the Environment Ministry four weeks to finalise eco-tourism guidelines in the forest and non-forest areas. Meanwhile, the ban in 41 tiger reserves, that also includes Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, will continue.

The six months’ period from October to March is the most prospective period for business. This is the time when most people visit national parks, a big chunk of them being foreigners. It’s true that only India gives one an option to see tigers in the wild very easily, the way no other tiger-country does.

The tiger tourism has, so far, happened only in the core areas. In parks like Ranthambore, there was major tourism happening in core areas.

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.

It claimed that the ban on tourism could result in not only loss of livelihood to several persons but also pose threat to wildlife and forests in the country.