As the Supreme Court came forward to the rescue of the tiger population on Tuesday by banning tourism in core areas of all tiger reserves, wildlife enthusiasts roared in approval and tour operators howled in dismay.
“We make it clear that till final directions are issued by this court, the core zones or core areas in the tiger reserves will not be used for tourism,” said an SC bench.
Under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, states have to notify the list of core and buffer areas of tiger reserves. Buffer zones are areas peripheral to core areas or critical tiger habitats. The court also slammed several states for failing to notify buffer zones in their respective reserves despite its earlier directions.