April 17: Amid the surge in Covid cases, the Maharashtra state government has ordered the closure of national parks and tiger reserves in the state from April 15 to 30. This will help keep wildlife sanctuaries away from the explosion of highly contagious infection.
As per the resort owners and tour guides, the tourist flow had already shrunken in parks such as Tadoba and Pench which are usually packed during the summer season. Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) and Pench were closed for Saturday and Sunday.
The Conservator of Forests & Field Director at Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve, Jitendra Ramgaonkar had told about the recent order given by the government had issued on April 13 and restricted the public and open places that include eco-tourism activities in Tadoba and its buffer zone.
Other than the TATR, Umred-Karhandla and Manshighdeo sanctuaries and Bor Tiger Reserve will also stay closed. Alongside, Tipeshwar would also be remaining closed till April 30.
Furthermore, the Madhya Pradesh side of the Pench park had already shut down the park from April 8 followed by a complete lockdown in the Seoni district of the state. This park attracts a number of tourists from the Nagpur region.
A report by the leading daily said, “The entire advance booking amount for the period between April 15 and 30 shall be deposited in the e-wallet of the respective account on www.mytadoba.org. TATR has also opened a helpline for tourists (9579160778 / 8010539472).”
The second wave of coronavirus has forced various sites to shut again to contain the virus spread.