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No. of tourists to Kaziranga likely to be restricted
Published on 4 Apr. 2010 11:59 PM IST
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The protection and preservation of the vulnerable ecosystem in the Kaziranga National Park (KNP) seems to have won over business considerations with the number of tourists to the Park likely to be restricted soon.
While KNP is an important stop in the tourist map of the state and accounts for thousands of visitors annually, the authorities are now strongly mulling to fix the number of visitors into the Park per day/year to protect the ecosystem from over-exposure.
The practice of restricting the number of tourists will be applicable to all other six reserve forests of the state, along with KNP, as reported by UNI.
Besides the number of tourists, access areas within the KNP will also be restricted. Tourist routes will be limited to the outer fringes so that the animals are not disturbed by human interference.
‘’Unrestricted tourist inflow is a concern. If there is a provision to check their numbers, it will be good for the Park,’’ KNP director Suren Buragohain said.
He said tourist facilities, like view-points, in many of the inner reaches were already being phased out.
‘’We have to shift the tourist facilities from the core zone to the buffer zone. It shall be beneficial for the ecosystem of the Park,’’ he added.
However, a section of local people, including Park guides and roadside hotel owners, are not too enthused about the idea.
They maintained that restricting the number of tourists would have a negative impact on their business and the thriving local economy built on the KNP would face difficulties.

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