Currently, hundreds of tourists travel through the Jarawa’s forest every day, the organisation said and added that environmental clearance for the sea route had not yet been granted, making it unlikely that the deadline will be met.
“It has been over two years since the human safaris scandal, exposed by the British Observer newspaper and Survival, sent shockwaves around the world, yet the safaris still continue,” it said.
Survival said it had written to Union environment minister Veerappa Moily, urging him to approve the alternative sea route as a matter of urgency, and appealed to the islands’ Lieutenant Governor AK Singh to ensure the alternative route is in place by March 2015.
Survival’s Director Stephen Corry said, “The Andamans are inextricably linked to this embarrassing saga. The authorities must stick to their self-imposed deadline. Otherwise, the future is bleak for the Jarawa tribe.”