Monsoon Bonanza for Wildlife Buffs
All the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the region (in and around MH) barring Navegaon-Nagzira Tiger Reserve (NNTR) in Gondia-Bhandara districts, will remain open for tourists during monsoon with restricted vehicle capacity.
The decision comes a day after forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar gave a go-ahead to monsoon tourism in Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) in Chandrapur. The orders in this regard were issued by chief wildlife warden Sarjan Bhagat on Tuesday evening. As per an NTCA directive, monsoon tourism was to be stopped from Wednesday.
Chief conservator of forests (CCF) & field director of TATR GP Garad said six gates of TATR will remain open during monsoon with restricted vehicle capacity. For the last few years, vehicles were allowed from Moharli and Navegaon gates only. “In morning and evening trips, vehicles to be allowed from Tadoba gates include Moharli (20), Kolara (6), Navegaon (6), Khutwanda (4), Pangdi (2), and Zari (2). Private vehicles will not be allowed as gypsies will be amply available,” Garad told.
Garad said those entering from Kolara will be able to go to Pandharpaoni and then straight to Moharli and while returning can take Khatoda-Kosekanar road to reach Kolara. “All the soil roads where there is a possibility of vehicles getting stuck will be closed,” he added. The decision to keep tourism open during monsoon was conveyed to both Tadoba and Pench field directors in the evening by Bhagat.
Additional PCCF for wildlife (Nagpur-East) Meyipokyim Aier said all the parks including Bor, Mansinghdeo and Umred-Karhandla will remain open with select routes and restricted number of vehicles. For example, if 40 vehicles are allowed from Sillari in peak season, in monsoon 20 (10 in each trip), will be allowed.
On June 17, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) had conveyed to the chief wildlife warden to consider stopping monsoon tourism. However, overruling the NTCA directive, all the parks have been kept open. Apart from a select locals, monsoon tourism will also benefit the resort lobby who have already made advanced bookings.
However, guides and gypsy owners around Nagzira have termed the move as bias by isolating Nagzira-Navegaon, where tourist love to visit even during rains for birding.
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