It has come to light that courses and Gypsy drivers are taking regulation of their hands through jungle safari in Deolapar Forest Range (Wildlife), Pench Tiger Reserve, with a concept to delight the tourists and earn a quick buck. Despite repeated commands being issued now and again through the wooded area, the government worried that Gypsy drivers’ unruly behavior in connivance with publications continues unabated. Cornering of animals, in particular, tiger, in scenario whilst temperature is soaring may worsen the carnivore, retaliating in the technique and causing injuries or even loss of life.
Flouting guidelines prolonged with the aid of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), those Gypsy drivers and guides take pleasure in cornering the massive cats, no longer the retaining distance of 50 meters in between two automobiles and waiting beyond the stipulated time at a specific spot to get a clear view and appealing pix of the tiger, tigress or cubs at a waterhole or different location. NTCA has already issued commands not to make pix and spots of tigers viral on social media. Amanda Pathak, Deputy Director, Pench Tiger Reserve, issued a letter to the Range Forest Officer (RFO) recently, drawing his attention closer to the crowding of tiger-bearing spots and annoying the carnivores.
The Gypsy drivers and guides are flouting the guidelines by shifting together, occupying the complete course inside the method for the jungle safari duration, not maintaining the distance between vehicles, and not preventing at a niche for 15 minutes.
He also sent a picture to the RFO, which indicates vehicles moving three abreast in the direction to corroborate his assertion. Pathak requested the RFO to keep a meeting of the drivers and guides right away to enlighten them on the regulations, guide them on NTCA norms and tourism coverage of the Maharashtra Government. He also asked the RFO to take stern motion against drivers and guides if found violating the destiny guidelines/rules. The RFO ought to also guide Foresters and Forest Guides under him about tourism guidelines in the jungle, make them go to the tourist routes, and take strict motion against drivers/guides if discovered flouting the rules.