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No weekly off for Ranthambore, Sariska tigers; MP Diya Kumari urges minister to reevaluate decision

MP Diya Kumari highlights the negative impact on tourism in her letter to the minister.

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June 21, 2023, 11:23 pm

Ranthambore National Park

Ranthambore National Park

JAIPUR: Rajsamand MP and member of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NCTA), Diya Kumari, has penned a letter to Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Bhupendra Yadav, calling for a reevaluation of the decision to implement a weekly holiday in the tiger reserves starting July 1.

Expressing concern, Diya Kumari highlighted the extended closure of the country’s Tiger Parks during the monsoon season, which already amounts to a total of 92 days.

Additionally, the introduction of 52 days of weekly-off will substantially reduce the available days for tourists to visit these reserves. This, in turn, poses a considerable threat to the tourism industry nationwide. Thus, the parliamentarian firmly requested a reconsideration of this decision and suggested an amendment to the current order.

Denying any involvement in the alleged lobbying reported by certain individuals, Diya Kumari clarified that her intention is solely to prompt a thorough reassessment of the matter at hand.

It is worth noting that following the directive from the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the forest department in Rajasthan had earlier decided to enforce closure of the state’s tiger reserves to tourists every Wednesday, commencing from July 1.

Starting from July, tourism activities will be suspended every Wednesday at the renowned Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Sariska Tiger Reserve, Mukundra Tiger Reserve, and Ramgarh Vishdhari Tiger Reserve within the state.

First published: June 19, 2023