KAZIRANGA, Dec 15 - The much-awaited small helipad near Kohora for better tourism connectivity is not going to materialise as concern has already been raised at government level over possible health-related hazards on the wildlife of Kaziranga National Park.
According to information received from senior park officials, if any small aircraft or even a helicopter is allowed to fly over or near the virgin forest of Kaziranga, there may be serious biotic pressure on the wildlife. It may even push the wild animals including avi fauna, which is counted to be more than 500 type of different species, away to different locations.
�To promote tourism, both Tezpur and Jorhat airports are the best and nearest through which tourists can arrive at Kaziranga without any long road travel. Even if there is any private airstrip located at Behora near Kaziranga, then the government can use its good office to use the same for better connectivity and help better tourists inflow,� said P Siva Kumar, Director of Kaziranga National Park. Kumar informed this today on the sideline of the first executive meeting of Kaziranga Tourism Development Committee here.
Kumar informed that with the addition of river tourism on the bank of Brahmaputra river in Kolia Bhomura, there has been more tourist inflow to have a glimpse of river dolphins in the Brahmaputra following their visit to the Kaziranga National Park. This was a very encouraging result, said Kumar.
It is worth mentioning that river tourism in Brahmaputra at Kolia Bhomura was started last month with three different destinations like Silghat, Ganesh ghat and Jahaj ghat.
Kumar said an initiative has already been taken to facilitate cycling, which most tourists, especially international tourists, prefer while visiting Kaziranga.
During the meeting of Kaziranga Tourism Development Committee, Kumar suggested Kohora, Engle pathar and Haldhibari route for cycling, selecting interior rural and safe routes and avoiding the National Highway. This will help the tourists to explore new things including culture and tradition of local Karbi villages and ethnic food.
Arijit Purkayastha, a member of the committee suggested for providing authentic route map of Kaziranga National Park, which might help tourists while visiting the park. Kumar, on his part, assured of arranging such a map in digital format to ensure free movement for visitors in Kaziranga.
A trekking route, recently inaugurated at Chirang pahar in Burapahar range, is another tourist initiative which has yielded good response from tourists, said Kumar.