November 03, 2022 – In Madhya Pradesh, the order of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) to ban night safaris in the Tiger Reserve is being violated. NTCA had banned night safari in Tiger Reserve; in compliance with this, the state government also stopped night safari. But the state government issued an order to start Night Safari once again. A complaint has been made to the member secretary of NTCA, calling it a violation of TCP (Tiger Conservation Plan).
The meeting of field directors on eco-tourism was held in Delhi on July 18, 2022. The team suggested that the wildlife inside the Tiger Reserve is suffering due to light and noise. Due to this, it was recommended to ban the night safaris in the Tiger Reserve immediately. The points were again placed in the meeting of NTCA on July 29 and sent to the state government for action. Following this, the state government banned it, but later on October 18, orders were issued by the department to start night safari once again in the Tiger Reserve. A complaint has already been made to NTCA regarding this matter.
This is a violation of the Tiger Conservation Plan
Wildlife activist Ajay Dubey has complained to the member secretary of NTCA. He has written in the complaint that under pressure from the tourism lobby, the department’s principal secretary issued orders to start the night safari in violation of the NTCA’s instructions. At the same time, legally, the teachings of NTCA are binding. He said that this state government order is also a violation of TCP (Tiger Conservation Plan). He said that he will take this matter further.
Officers issued a restraining order
At the same time, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) Jasbir Singh Chauhan said on the ban on night safari of NTCA that the officials have issued the order. After they closed the night safari, it was found that it was not the authority’s decision. Therefore orders were given to restart Night Safari.