Apex court bars tourism near Jarawa tribal reserve (Lead)

July 3rd, 2012 - 11:13 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 3 (IANS) The Supreme Court has barred any commercial and tourism activity either by the government or private operators within a five km radius of the Jarawa tribal reserve in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

An apex court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya in their order Monday said that any breach of this restriction would amount to contempt of court.

The court said this while referring to the notification issued by the Lt. Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands which declared as a “buffer zone” an area of five km radius around the reserve.

The notification said that “any person other than a member of an aboriginal tribe is prohibited from entering the buffer zone for any commercial and/or tourism activities”.

The judges said: “In our view, the prohibition contained in the above reproduced notification and order dated Nov 6, 2007 passed by tehsildar, Ferrargunj, is unconditional. Therefore, till the notification is rescinded or amended, no commercial or tourism related activity can be allowed within the buffer zone.”

Justice Singhvi said: “We, therefore, direct that henceforth no commercial and tourism-related activities shall be carried out by the administration or any private individual in violation of the prohibition contained in notification dated Oct 30, 2007 and order dated Nov 6, 2007.”

“It shall be the duty of the principal secretary (tribal welfare) and other officers of the administration of Andaman and Nicobar Islands to ensure total compliance of the prohibition…”, the court said.

–Indo-Asian New Service

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