The Madhya Pradesh government has decided to defer closing down of national parks and sanctuaries for tourists on June 16 as against June 30 to next year.
The decision comes after lodge and hotel owners said they had made bookings for overseas guests during June 16-30 period and it would lead to losses for them.
HT reported on Tuesday that parks and sanctuaries in the states would shut on June 16 as against June 30 every year.
Also, the state government had decided to allow tourism in a part of the tourist zone in parks and sanctuaries from October 1 and open the entire tourist zone for visitors on October 16.
The decision had been taken to capitalize on the arrival of tourists who visit the state during the puja holidays that fall during the first half of October.
Visitors during the early part of October are not able to access tiger reserves as they are closed during this period.
"Lodge owners contacted me and apprised me of their problem. The wildlife wing felt that it would be unfair to implement this decision during the middle of the tourist season and hence it was decided to implement it from 2016," said chief wildlife warden, MP, Narendra Kumar.
Field directors of the tiger reserves have been informed about the postponement of the decision.
The decision would impact 25 sanctuaries and seven national parks of the state, including six tiger reserves: Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Satpura, Pench, Panna and Sanjay.