The Kaziranga National Park (KNP) was opened for tourists for the year 2020-21 on October 21, with Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal formally opening it for the season.
Jeep safari would be started from October 21 at Kohora and Bagori ranges of the Kaziranga National Park while other two ranges would be opened from November for the visitors when elephant safari will also be started.
Addressing the media persons on the occasion, the chief minister hoped that Assam’s tourism sector would be revived after the COVID-19 induced lockdown situation with the opening of Kaziranga National Park.
He also expressed optimism that the unemployed youths in and around Kaziranga would find meaningful employment again through jeep safari and other tourism activities.
Referring to one-time financial assistance provided to people engaged in jeep safari by the state government to alleviate their economic stress brought by COVID-19, Sonowal said the state government would take more such initiatives in future for providing succour to the people engaged in tourism sector of the state.
He also called on the people of the five districts covered by Kaziranga National Park and the local communities residing in the surrounding areas of the park to extend full hospitality to the visitors coming from outside so that the best picture of state can be presented to the outside world.
Sonowal also highlighted achievement of the state government in stopping rhino poaching to a great extend in last four and half years and thanked the people of the nearby areas for extending their full cooperation in eliminating poaching incidents.
He also called on the people to maintain all COVID-19 protocols in visiting the Kaziranga National Park and other such places of tourist interest so that the spread of the pandemic can be contained. The chief minister took a jeep safari into the park and was accompanied by local MLA of Bokakhat and agriculture minister Atul Bora, water resources minister Keshab Mahanta, industries and commerce minister Chandra Mohan Patowary, MLA Rituparna Baruah, PCCF (wildlife) AM Singh, among others.