India, Aug. 12 -- The state forest department's plan to open new routes for tourists through the Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) will put more stress on tigers with villages yet to be relocated from the reserve, said former officials associated with wildlife protection.

Possible new routes through STR were discussed at a recent meeting held at the chief wildlife warden's office in Jaipur regarding tourism in tiger reserves and protected areas.

A former STR administration official said conservation of tigers and relocation of the villages should be the priority. "Merely opening tourism routes to please hotel lobby and tourism industry will create more fear among the already stressed tigers due to excessive human population around," he said....