KOLKATA: Succumbing to the stress from the Nationwide Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the West Bengal authorities has ordered no vacationer entry within the globally- well-known Sundarbans Tiger Reserve (STR) scattered over South 24 Parganas and North 24 Parganas districts and Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in Alipurduar district as soon as every week efficient from subsequent month.
In keeping with a notification issued by the state forest division late Tuesday night, efficient April 1, STR and BTR will stay closed for vacationers on each Tuesday. Nevertheless, these residing on the forest-slums inside the reserve forest zone can have free entry and exit as standard.
A state forest division official mentioned that the choice has been taken by the state authorities following a strict order from the Nationwide Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on this depend. He added that though the coverage of “no tourist entry once a week” was relevant in all tiger reserves nationally, STR and BTR had been persevering with to function day by day.
“Recently, it came to the notice of the NTCA and they asked the state forest department to strictly follow the policy that is followed nationally. Finally, the state government has issued a notification ordering no tourist entry in these two tiger reserves on every Tuesday starting from next month,” he mentioned.
In keeping with BTR’s subject director Apurba Sen, the choice to shut the forest reserve as soon as every week is geared toward giving aid to the animals residing there from the disturbance that occurs resulting from vacationer entry although safari jeeps and different autos.
“We will abide by the NTCA prescribed norms. However, the order will not impact the lives of those residing in the forest- slums within the tiger reserve zone. It will also not impact the non- tourist activities within the zone,” he added .
Equally, in case of STR, non-tourism actions like fishing, assortment of honey and woods won’t be impacted by the order.
In the meantime, the state forest division sources mentioned that though the state authorities was eager on implementing the NTC directive very long time again, one way or the other it couldn’t implement it due to the stress from the tourism sector and people concerned with the sector for his or her livelihoods.
“Already fillers have started coming from the private tourism operators to reconsider the decision,” a state forest division official mentioned.
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