The unaccounted entry of VIP vehicles in Ranthambore National Park after the Supreme Court lifted its ban on tourism in the core areas of tiger reserves, is posing a new danger to the park.
It was only in 2012, the Supreme Court, on a petition by a Bhopal-based non-profit organization, ‘Prayatna’, had put a ban on all such activities and had sought an explanation from all states having tiger reserves. With two thriving tiger reserves – Ranthambore and Sariska – which have at least 60 tigers, Rajasthan, which gets thousands of visitors and huge revenue every year, was the worst affected. The state then played a pivotal role in advocating regulated tourism in tiger reserves and ultimately the court gave its nod to it.
However, promises made by the state to the court as far as regulated tourism is concerned, has now fallen flat. The government of Rajasthan had then promised drawing a distinction between habitation and visitation and stressed that it believed that the latter does not violate the essence of wilderness.
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