The Assam government on Friday, October 1, reopened the Kaziranga National Park for tourists, months after it was closed due to the Covid pandemic.
Sharing concern over the Twitter handle, Assam Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya noted, "Momentous occasion for @assamforest & Assam’s rich tourism platform as we open the majestic @kaziranga today for nature lovers & tourists for the year 2021-22". In multiple tweets the minister noted - "During the re-opening ceremony of @kaziranga_ today, fed two of our giant friends who serve as important pillars of the conservation of Kaziranga National Park & Tiger Reserve." It is also said that Tourists will get partial access to only three ranges of the park for now. Tourists will be allowed only a jeep safari and no elephant ride will be permitted
Kaziranga National Park is famous for the one-horned rhino and is of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in India. On May 3, the Assam government ordered for closure of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the state for visitors owing to the second wave of the pandemic.
Last month, 13 animal casualties were reported due to drowning at the National Park after incessant rain in the area. Rains have also lead to poorer road conditions in the national park creating hindrances to undertake the famous safari in the park.
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