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Limit On Number Of Tourists In National Park


http://www.travelbizmonitor.com/limit-on-number-of-tourists-in-national-parks-each-day-environment-ministry-13592

3 June 2011

Mumbai:
According to new Ecotourism guidelines proposed by the Union Environment Ministry, state governments will now limit the number of tourists allowed inside national parks and sanctuaries in India, each day. Tourism will also be banned in the core areas of tiger reserves. The ministry has asked that tourism inside the wildlife zones be restricted to predetermined tourism zones. A site-specific Ecotourism plan for all wildlife parks would have to be prepared and finalized by the state governments by the end of the year and put in public domain.

According to a report in the Times of India, the Environment Ministry said that the irony of relocating poor tribals living near national parks and sanctuaries, while allowing plush hotels and resorts to flourish has caused bitterness. In recent years, mushrooming tourist facilities around protected areas have led to the exploitation, disturbance and misuse of fragile ecosystems. It has also led to misuse of the term 'Ecotourism,' often to the detriment of the ecosystem, and towards further alienation of local people and communities, state the Ecotourism guidelines proposed by the Environment Ministry.

This again could hit the lucrative business of hotels and travel agents, who organize rides and 'tiger sightings' inside parks. Tourist lodges in the core areas of all national parks and sanctuaries will also have to be removed over a period of five years. Many lodges and forest guest houses in these core areas critical for wildlife are let out to tourists.