Guwahati, Oct 2: Assam forest minister Pramila Rani Brahma on Monday opened the Kaziranga National Park for tourists on Monday. Accompanied by agriculture minister Atul Bora; Assam Tourism Development Corporation (ATDC) chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah and other senior officials of forest department, Brahma cut the red ribbon to declare the park open and said that the forest department has advanced the tourist season by one month.
Brahma said many roads inside the park, which are used by the tourists to go on jeep safaris are yet to be repaired, which were damaged in the last flood. “But we have reopened two ranges under the park for both domestic and foreign tourists,” Brahma said. “The park always attracts both domestic and foreign tourists and we hope maximum tourists will arrive here this year to see world famed one-horned rhinoceros,” the Assam forest minister said.
Over 300 wild animals including 31 rhinos were died in the world heritage site in this year flood.
Earlier, the park opened for the tourists between November and April and the park usually remains closed between May and September every year due to flood. On the other hand, the park director Satyendra Singh said that, the damaged roads repairing are continuing, hope it will be completed within short period.
“Now jeep safari will be allowed only in Kohora and Bagori ranges of the park and elephant safari will be allowed only in Kohora range,” the park director said. On the other hand, another home ground for rhinos, Pobitora wildlife sanctuary also reopened for the tourists on Monday.
MLA from Jagiroad, Pijyush Hazarika accompanied with BJP MLA Ramakanta Deuri and other dignitaries had reopened the wildlife sanctuary.