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15 fined `5,000 each in Cor­bett for get­ting off sa­fari ve­hi­cles

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES NATION - Vi­neet Upad­hyay

Naini­tal: The Cor­bett Tiger Re­serve (CTR) ad­min­is­tra­tion has slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 each on 15 tourists for step­ping out of three sa­fari ve­hi­cles and then walk­ing back a kilo­me­tre to the exit. The tourists, who hailed from Hisar and Pa­ni­pat in Haryana, had taken a day sa­fari to the Jhirna zone of the re­serve on Fri­day.

CTR di­rec­tor Rahul (who only uses his first name) said, “The group com­plained to the ad­min­is­tra­tion that the guide and the Gypsy driv­ers had mis­be­haved with them. We con­ducted an in­quiry and found that the tourists had stepped out of the ve­hi­cles in­side the pro­tected area which had let to an al­ter­ca­tion with the guide and the driv­ers. The tourists then walked back. Get­ting out of the ve­hi­cle in­side the pro­tected area is pro­hib­ited to en­sure safety and se­cu­rity of wildlife and tourists. The group has there­fore been fined.”

He added that the fines had been im­posed un­der Sec­tion 28 of the Wildlife Pro­tec­tion Act 1972. Speak­ing about the in­ci­dent, Ram Singh, the tourist guide who ac­com­pa­nied the group, said, “The group did not lis­ten to us when we told them not to get out of the ve­hi­cle. There are only a few des­ig­nated spots where one is per­mit­ted to step out of the ve­hi­cle.”

Mean­while, Surinder Singh, a tourist from Pa­ni­pat who was fined, told TOI, “We were not aware of the rules and will not re­peat such a thing.” Tourists have been fined by Cor­bett au­thor­i­ties for vi­o­lat­ing guide­lines in the past too.

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