SC: ‘No commercial, tourism activity in Jarawa Reserve’

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.”

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