Even as tourists are flocking Pench tiger reserve (Maharashtra) side following regular tiger sightings, unfit and outmoded Gypsies are playing spoilsport for wildlife buffs.
There are around 18 Gypsies procured by locals from adjoining Pench (Madhya Pradesh) and Kanha tiger reserves. Barring one 2003 model, all other vehicles are over 15-20 years old and have lived their life.
“A section of village youths around Pench, Nagzira and other parks have procured these Gypsies for Rs50,000-Rs70,000 and are operating in the parks without any maintenance. Some have bought them on rent. The Gypsy-owners are giving a bad name to Pench which has come up a long way in the last two years,” said a senior guide.
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