Pune: Wildlife activists have opposed dumping of garbage at Humbarali village in Patan taluka in Satara district, which is located in the buffer area of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve. The reserve is spread across 1,265 square kilometres and includes areas in Satara, Sangli and Kolhapur districts.
Acting on the complaint, the Forest Department on Saturday issued a notice to Wild Chalet Resort, warning the resort management that strict action will be taken against them if the garbage is not cleared.
Meanwhile, locals claimed that strict action needs to be taken by the Forest Department to stop tourists from littering in the buffer zone. The locals, on the condition of anonymity, claimed that that Forest Department is siding with the resort owners and looking the other way.
They also said tourists often create ruckus in the area under the influence of alcohol.
The locals said that the Forest Department must appoint forest guards in the buffer zone of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve, as has been done near Navaja-Ozarde waterfall in Koynanagar.
Speaking about this issue, Rohan Bhate of Creative Nature Friend told Sakal Times that tourists should not litter the premises of Humbarali village, which falls in the buffer zone of the tiger reserve. Bhate said that tourists should behave responsibly and the Forest Department too should act tough against those who violate rules. When Sakal Times contacted Assistant Conservator of Forest Suresh Salunke, he said that strict action will be taken against resort owners if they do not clean up the premises.