SC: ‘No commercial, tourism activity in Jarawa Reserve’
Published: July 5, 2012
With a view to protecting the indigenous people, the Supreme Court has banned all commercial and tourism activities within a 5-km radius of the Jarawa Tribal Reserve on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Supreme Court upheld an October 30, 2007 notification declaring an area up to a 5-km radius of the Reserve a ‘Buffer Zone’ and prohibiting entry of any person other than a member of the aboriginal tribe into it.
Disposing of the appeal filed by the Andaman and Nicobar Administration against a Calcutta High Court order which had quashed the notification, the Supreme Court Bench held: “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 the notification.”
Topics: Andaman and Nicobar Islands • Asia • Geography of Asia • Indigenous peoples of South Asia • Jarawa language • Jarawas • Maritime Southeast Asia • Nicobar Islands • Society for Andaman and Nicobar Ecology • Southeast Asia