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Sep 26, 2012 at 02:20pm IST

Centre urges SC to lift ban on tiger tourism in sanctuaries

New Delhi: The Centre has filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court on tiger tourism urging the court to lift the ban on tiger tourism in core areas of sanctuaries.

The Centre says tourism should be allowed in 20 per cent of core areas and that the states should evolve guidelines to protect tiger habitat and tigers.

The apex court had earlier slammed the government for its re-think on the ban on tourism in core tiger areas. The Centre's affidavit had virtually urged the apex court to review its July 24 interim order banning tourism in the core areas of the wild cats until final orders.

It claimed that the ban on tourism could result in not only loss of livelihood to several persons but also pose threat to wildlife and forests in the country.