In a big relief to guides, the governing body of tiger conservation foundations in threetiger reserves - Pench, Tadoba and Melghat - has increased their fee from Rs 100 to Rs 200 per trip. The new rate is likely to be implemented from November 1.
The decision was taken by the governing body headed by forest minister Patangrao Kadam on October 19. "The move is applicable to tiger reserves and not wildlife sanctuaries, where guide fee will remain Rs 100," officials said. Manohar Mule, working president of Maharashtra State Sanctuaries Guides Union (MSSGU), has hailed the move.The entry fee per visitor has also been hiked to Rs 25 from present Rs 22.
Even as inflation has flared, guides used to get Rs 100 per trip only and the demand to revise the fee was long pending. There will be no discrimination too, as guides will now operate as per roster system.
The governing body of TCF has also approved Rs 40 lakh annual budget for TATR, Rs 13 lakh for Pench and Rs 8 lakh for Melghat tiger reserves. The money will be used for eco-development, capacity-building of locals, man-animal conflict, compensation etc.