KAZIRANGA, April 27 - The tourism sector in Kaziranga has been badly hit during the ongoing lockdown as most of the business establishments, including hotels, resorts, restaurants and market places have remained closed.
The stakeholders, who either directly or indirectly remain associated with tourism sector including jungle safari operators, have been badly affected since the day Covid-19 episode started in the nation.
According to Forest department sources, during 2019-2020 period at least 1,54,357 Indian tourists and 11,392 foreign tourists visited the Kaziranga National Park. So an amount of Rs 4,75,83,491 was earned as forest revenue from tourism. During 2018-19 tourism period, Kaziranga Forest department had earned a revenue of Rs. 4,82,42,229.
This is worth mentioning that revenue collection from tourism sector in Kaziranga has been further streamlined resulting in a good progress during 2019-20 tourist season in spite of many ups and down as the State had witnessed CAA protests and the lockdown.
Meanwhile Kaziranga National Park will take up necessary measures as far as improvement of existing road conditions inside the park areas is concerned after the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India has accepted the proposal submitted by Rajya Sabha Member Kamakhya Prasad Tassa.
A video conference meeting was held on last Friday between Union Environment and Forest Minister and Assam Forest Minister.
According to a highly placed source, the existing road inside the forest of Kaziranga will be improved with elevation of 5 feet. This work will be undertaken in Kohora central range, Bagori range and Burapahar range covering about 25 kilometres. This elevation of existing road will help the marooned wild animals of Kaziranga National Park to take shelter during high flood. Similar work will also be taken up in areas in Panpur Reserved forest and others under Kaziranga National Park cum Tiger Reserve, sources added.
According to a senior Forest official of Kaziranga, Rajya Sabha Member Kamakhya Prasad Tassa has expressed his gratitude to the Union Environment and Forest Minister for accepting his proposal with regard to improvement and elevation of existing road in Kaziranga forest for the safety of wild animals during high flood.