Tankha also suggested that the local advisory committee to be set up in accordance with the guidelines should have the Superintendent of Police, chief executive officer of the district panchayat and regional officer of the pollution control board as its members.
Counsel for the Kanha Lodges Association, Ravindra Shrivastava told the court that local asvisory committee to be formed under the guidelines should have the power to decide on the area open for tourism. He said that the 20 % cap should be looked into for revision and that the carrying capacity of the parks should also be determined by the local advisory committee. The next date of hearing in the case has been fixed for October 9.
The Supreme Court while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Ajay Dubey of Prayatna had imposed a ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves on July 24. Tiger reserves in MP are as it is closed for the monsoon season from July 1 to October 15. The court has said that it would decide on lifting of the ban after the finalisation of guidelines on eco tourism. The ban has adversely affected the business of lodges and hotels catering to wildlife tourism, claim travel agents and owners of such properties.