While tiger reserves and wildlife sanctuaries will stay closed for 3 months in the course of the monsoon from July 1, wildlife tourism will stay open within the buffer zone of Tadoba and Pench tiger reserves,
This yr, because of delayed rains, vacationers may take pleasure in safaris in parks, particularly in Pench and Bor tiger reserves and Umred-Karhandla, which was closed by June 15, as broken roads would make it troublesome for the Gypsys to manoeuvre.
The buffer zone of Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) continued to be standard with over 1.80 lakh vacationers visiting the buffer by 45,000 journeys (Gypsys) from July 1, 2021, until June 30, 2022. core space of TATR from October 1, 2021, until June 30, 2022. Pench was visited by 60,000 vacationers throughout the identical interval by 11,000 autos.
G Guruprasad, deputy director (buffer) of TATR informed TOI that tourism from all of the 14 entry gates within the buffer zone “will be as usual”. “The carrying capacity will be 12 vehicles from each gate in both shifts. The nature trail and butterfly garden will remain open. However, we have closed boating, night safari, machaan sittings, and log hut tourism,” he said.
The 14 gates that will remain open in the Tadoba buffer zone include Agarzari, Dewada, Madnapur, Kolara, Mamla, Sirkada, Alizanza, Junona, Navegaon, Zari, Pangadi, Keslaghat, Nimdela, and Khadsangi. There are over 40 tigers (including cubs) in the tourism zone.
“We will allow 12 vehicles – 6 in the morning, and 6 in the evening shift between 6.30 and 10 am and 2.30 pm to 6 am,” mentioned Guruprasad.
Similarly, Prabhu Nath Shukla, the Pench deputy director (core), mentioned, “We will permit tourism within the buffer. Next week, we plan to open two new safari routes (40km every) from Nagalwadi. Besides, two biking routes will likely be open from Kolitmara-Suvardhara and Kuwara Bhivsen.”
Shukla added, “Nature trail, cycling, and agro-tourism will also be available at Paoni and Kolitmara. Wildlife safari will remain open from Paoni (25km) in the buffer zone.”
In Maharashtra Pench, 5 safari autos will likely be allowed from Sillari for Paoni, which is beneath unified management. Besides, 9 autos will likely be allowed from Surewani.