Planning a trip to Ranthambore for Jungle Safari anytime soon? Wait, you might want to take a pause on that. Ranthambore Forest Department had to cancel the booking for all tiger safaris this week due to a sudden strike announced by hotel owners, gypsy and canter operators and guides association.
The Ranthambore Bachao Sangharsh Samiti has demanded to increase the number of tourists and vehicles in the national park. As per the forest policy, only eight gypsies are allowed on one track, and only eight canters are allowed in five core areas of the park. Recently, the same rule has been applied to the outer areas of the park too. This is being extensively criticised by the protestors.
With this new rule imposed, the hotel owners and other operators were compelled to cancel advance bookings. As a result, the Ranthambhore Bachao Sangharsh Samiti went on a strike and now the Forest Department of Ranthambore has been made to cancel all the prior bookings for the week because of the strike.
As reported by DNA, Goverdhan Singh, president of the Hotel Association, said, “Why are the new changes being made now, when the peak season is here, and people have already made advance bookings."
Ranthambhore Bachao Sangharsh Samiti has submitted a letter to CCF and Field Director of Ranthambhore, YK Sahu, suggesting that tourism level is degrading in Ranthambore and with this new rule it will further affect the industry.
The Forest Department has made special provisions for the tourists on Palace on Wheels. Police vehicles have been hired to provide jungle safaris to the tourists.