Following National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) directives, there will be no monsoon tourism in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) from this season.
Earlier it was reported that on April 3, NTCA, while belatedly approving the Tiger Conservation Plan (TCP) of TATR had put set of conditions including vehicle carrying capacity and stopping tourism in the park during monsoon.
A TCP is the road map for tiger reserves which ensures that forestry operations of regular forest divisions and those adjoining reserves are not incompatible with the needs of tiger conservation.
Tadoba's TCP was not being approved for last few years by the NTCA as TATR did not follow mandatory carrying capacity and monsoon tourism rule.
It was six days ago that GP Garad, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) and Field Director of TATR, sent a proposal to the state's Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) for Wildlife, AK Mishra recommending stopping monsoon tourism as asked by NTCA.
Confirming the news Mishra said,
I'm talking to my colleagues and discussing the proposal. We will take a final decision in 3-4 days, though I'm not inclined to keep the park open.
Tadoba is the only park in the country where tourists are allowed into tiger reserves during monsoon, thanks to a 20-km tar road. Despite SC directing tiger reserves to phase out tourism from core areas, until recently, there was no restraint in TATR, which exceeds its capacity by allowing a large number of VIP vehicles.
A senior NTCA official said,
"We have strictly asked to stop monsoon tourism in Tadoba under any circumstances. If the park don't adhere to it, we will review approval to TCP which will have negative consequences."
Tadoba being a popular getaway destination for most, the news is going to sadden many nature and wildlife enthusiasts.
Information source: timesofindia
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