Assam: Kaziranga National Park open with safety precaution

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GUWAHATI

Kaziranga National Park on Wednesday opened for both domestic and foreign tourists for the year 2020-21 with the start of jeep safari services in two ranges – Kohora and Bagori of the national park.

Jeep safari services in the other two ranges, along with elephant rides in the park, would be opened from November for the visitors.

Formally declaring the park open, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hoped that the state’s tourism sector would be revived with the opening of the park and improvement of the COVID-19-induced situation.

He also expressed optimism over unemployed youths in and around Kaziranga finding meaningful employment again through jeep safaris and other tourism-related activities.

Referring to the onetime financial help provided by the state government to people engaged in jeep safaris to ease their economic stress brought about by COVID-19, Sonowal said the state government would take more such initiatives in future for providing succour to the people engaged in the tourism sector.

He further requested the people to abide by the COVID-19 protocols while visiting Kaziranga National Park and other such places of tourist interest so that the spread of the virus could be contained.

Sonowal also took a jeep safari accompanied by Bokakhat MLA and Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary among others.