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Manda­tory two-​night stay in Cor­bett reserve now

pub­lished 18 Novem­ber 2012 | mod­i­fied 18 Novem­ber 2012
Cor­bett direc­tor Ran­jan Kumar Mishra recently announced that tourists have to stay a min­i­mum of two nights when vis­it­ing Cor­bett tiger reserve. A deci­sion that was made to attract only seri­ous tourists, and thus pre­vent crowd­ing in the park.

corbettmapThe tiger reserve is India’s first national park that was renamed in 1957 after Jim Cor­bett the famous killer of man-​eating tigers and leop­ards.

This year, the National Tiger Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity has issued guide­lines to reg­u­late the flow of tourists in India’s tiger reserves. In order to meet the ‘require­ments’ of the guide­lines the arrive-​late-​leave-​the-​next-​day vis­i­tors are not longer wel­comed in Cor­bett reserve. Accord­ing to Mr Mishra these short vis­its cre­ate crowds of tourist in the park which sup­pos­edly leads to fewer sight­ings of tiger and other wild ani­mals. That is what tourists have com­plained about.

But now, as a con­se­quence, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the tourism indus­try com­plain. They argue that a trip to the Cor­bett reserve requires bet­ter plan­ning as more days are needed to pro­vide the tourists with the promised tiger sight­ing expe­ri­ence. Fur­ther­more, such a trip will become more expen­sive, as less tourists will be vis­it­ing Cor­bett [the inten­tion of the manda­tory two nights, Moos] and the income of the tourism indus­try is very valu­able for con­ser­va­tion efforts and all peo­ple involved in this indus­try.

At present the for­est rest houses, log huts, dor­mi­to­ries and other accom­mo­da­tions in Cor­bett are said to be fully booked, still.

(Source: The Pio­neer, 17.11.2012)
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