After ruling nearly three months ago to forbid India's popular tiger tourism, the Supreme Court has now lifted the ban, allowing tourists back into the reserves.
Instead of a complete ban, the court now requires each reserve to submit a conservation plan, which will include a halt on any new infrastructures being built in or around the reserves and a limit on the amount of tourists allowed to enter 'core zones'.
The court's decision follows the release by the national government of a new set of rules, aimed at allowing the beneficial coexistence of tigers and tourism within the reserves.
The ruling comes half-way through the first month of the tiger tourism season, prompting an audible sigh of relief from tour operators and organisers.
Over the past three months, the ban had come under heavy fire from conservationists as well as tour operators, worried that a drop in tourism would leave the tigers more at risk from poachers and loggers.
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