The Supreme Court on Friday cleared the decks for India’s first night safari tourism project. A bench headed by Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan permitted the Greater Noida Authority to go ahead with the project in accordance with the conditions prescribed by the Central Zoo Authority (CZA).
Zoological gardens like the night safari have already been established in Asian nations like Singapore and China and are attractive tourist spots.
Advocate Ravindra Kumar for the Greater Noida Authority apprised the bench about CZA’s clearance, which was given in principle on August 9, 2008. CZA’s approval after came after it surveyed the 100-hectare land in Greater Noida. It, however, said the approval was subject to the SC’s nod.
The Greater Noida Authority approached SC in compliance of an eight-year-old order in which it had banned setting up of zoos without the SC and CZA’s permission.
The night safari in Greater Noida would be developed on the lines of the Singapore night safari. The project will cost over $21 million.