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Ban on tourism in core inviolate areas reserved for tigers

13 Mar 2012
Rajya Sabha


24 SHRI GOVINDRAO ADIK
Will the Minister of ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS be pleased to state :-

(a) whether it is a fact that the Ministry has asked States to acquire 800 to 1000 square km. to provide core inviolate (empty) areas for tigers and ban tourism there;
(b) if so, the details thereof;
(c) whether Government will provide financial assistance to States to acquire such areas:
(d) whether this action would affect the tourism industry; and
(e) if so, the reaction of Government thereon?

MINISTER OF STATE (INDEPENDENT CHARGE) FOR ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS (SHRIMATI JAYANTHI NATARAJAN)

(a), (b) & (c) As per scientific empirical data, an inviolate area of 800-1200 sq. km. is required to sustain a population of tiger. Accordingly, guidelines have been issued to tiger States. Under the ongoing Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Project Tiger, the relocation package has been enhanced from Rs. 1 lakh per family to Rs. 10 lakhs per family, besides 100% central assistance for acquisition of non-forest land falling in core areas to make them inviolate.

(d) & (e) A viable population of tiger / wildlife would foster tourism. Advisories have been issued to tiger range States for regulating tourist visitation in tiger reserves.