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Tourism scare in Corbett.

THE TOURISM ministry wants to regulate the opening of new hotels near the Jim Corbett National Park to stop it from going the Sariska way. There are no tigers left at the Sariska sanctuary.

A recent survey revealed that resorts around the Corbett park -- often running packed -- offer over 3,200 beds. But the park can accommodate up to 600 people every day. " The survey revealed that there are 77 resorts around the park, offering facilities such as adventure sports, wedding receptions, discotheques and rain dances," a senior tourism department official said. Seventeen more hotels are being planned near the park. " The resorts play loud music and keep bright lights on through out the night to attract holidayers," the official added.

The survey found that that 31 per cent of the garbage generated by these hotels is dumped in the open and 26 per cent of it, in contravention of ecological norms, is dumped in wild areas.

Outsiders aren't allowed to buy land in Uttarakhand. But most of these resorts are owned by outsiders and 74 per cent of them are built on agricultural land. Trees have been cut and non- ecological material has been used in their construction.

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Date:Jan 13, 2010
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