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Buffer area tourism irks greens


CHENNAI
Environmentalists and wildlife activists, gladde­ned by the recent Sup­reme Court order, bann­ing tourism in core areas of tiger reserves, are now at loggerheads with the state forest department as the local tourist guides were violating the apex court’s guidelines and hotels in the buffer areas of Tamil Nadu forests were catering to thronging numbers of tourists.

“The situation is alarming in Masinagudi and Bokkapuram, where tou­rist influx has been relatively high this season. The reserve forests have been choking with tou­rists since Christmas and this will continue till New Year,” said Mr Jaya­chandran of the Tamil Nadu Green Movement which has sought local forest officials’ intervention.

Matters have improved since a team was fanned out to curb tourism in the banned areas, with hotels and resorts under the Nilgiri south division being put under surveillance, sources said.

Full report here Deccan Chronicle

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