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Uncontrolled VIP culture inside national parks

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If reservations and walking free from security checks wasn’t enough, the VIP culture in India is reaching new heights with every passing day. From blocking roads to blocking seats, at private and government institutions, VIPs of India are now setting new benchmarks for themselves by exploiting places with national concerns and interests.

One such place is the national park at Ranthambhore which is celebrated for its tiger reserve, but more importantly as the last holding ground for tigers of the Aravali hill range and the only natural tiger population of a dry deciduous forest.

However, because of uncontrolled VIP tourism these days, the park is facing an unfortunate crisis. Ranthambhore is a celebrated tiger reserve, but more importantly it is celebrated as the last holding ground for tigers of the Aravali hill range and the only natural tiger population of a dry deciduous forest. However, the park these days is facing an unfortunate crisis due to uncontrolled VIP tourism inside the park, reports New Delhi Times.

All National park rules and regulations are being bent to service the free riders, so much so that the park is increasingly becoming a non-tourist park invaded only by VIP tourists.

At Ranthambhore safari there are about 10 different safari zones for tourists but unless you are a VIP, you are only allowed to visit one zone at a time and the zone is allocated through the Forest Department and you don’t know which zone you will get until about 15-20 mins before your safari starts. Only those who are big shots or have some jugaad in the forest department get to decide to travel in a particular zone. Since as a common man you are only able to travel to one particular zone at a time, your chances of spotting a tiger are less. Also, if you happen to know someone from the Department or a VIP you get access to any part of the park and can travel in any road. Obviously this gives you a much bigger chance to see a tiger.

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