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Rajasthan high court gives green signal to tiger shifting to Mukundra Hills tiger reserve

The bench of Justice Mohammed Rafiq dismissed the petition. With this, the reserve will soon be thrown open for tourists. While the tigers had been shifted to the reserve, no tourist activity was being allowed.

| Updated:
December 10, 2018 11:54 am
rajasthan high court

Rajasthan high court

Jaipur: The Rajasthan high court on Monday gave a green signal to shifting of tigers from Ranthambore national park to Mukundra Hills tiger reserve by dismissing a petition filed by activist Ajay Shankar Dubey in this regard.

The bench of Justice Mohammed Rafiq dismissed the petition. With this, the reserve will soon be thrown open for tourists. While the tigers had been shifted to the reserve, no tourist activity was being allowed.

The petition filed by Ajay Shankar Dubey opposed the shifting of tiger ‘T-91’ from Ranthambore to Mukundra Hills. The petition also put a hold to shifting of two tigresses from Rajasthan’s other reserves to Mukundra.

The petition alleged that the shifting violated the wildlife laws and demanded the relocation of Tigers to their natural habitat.

Earlier, Principal Chief conservator of forests, GV Reddy had informed the high court that the Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve near Bundi would not be opened to tourists until the administration receives a judgement on the petition. Also, no tourist activity will be conducted around the sanctuary for tigers till the court decides on the case.

The Rajasthan government sent a proposal to National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) in 2017 to reintroduce tigers in Mukundra Hills tiger reserve

The petition filed argued that the forest department did not meet the guidelines laid by NTCA and still went ahead with tiger shifting.

First published: December 10, 2018
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