Sunderbans now open to tourists – The Statesman

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After three months of seclusion, tourists yearning for the sight of a Royal Bengal Tiger can visit the natural habitat of the magnificent beast in the Sundarbans.

One of the principal attractions of the state, Sundarbans and its denizens have witnessed a steady stream of tourists till Covid-19 and Amphan struck.

The tourists’ beeline will resume today to this wonderful mangrove with its vast array of flora and fauna.

Sundarbans have been closed to tourists since 18 March.

The state forest department notification removing bars to a visit to Sundarbans is expected to evoke widespread response and start a steady cash flow to the state coffers.

There are always takers for trips to this delta though few can boast to have actually sighted Mr Stripes from the deck of a motor launch or clicked him or an elusive crocodile basking in the sun.

A slew of precautions in the backdrop of unabated Covid19 outbreak will be part and parcel of the voayages along the rivers crisscrossing the vast forest. Thermal scan for the motor launch crew and the tourists will be an essential pre-requisite for a journey along the watery path, Sundarbans Tiger Reserve, director Sudhir Das said.

Face masks and face shields will be a necessary part of the travel gear of every tourist and crew member.

Machine oil and provisions apart, sanitisers will be on board every vessel, Das said.

Every tourist party will be sans a member below 10 years and above 65 years, the notification laid down. Not more than five vessels will be allowed at each camp at a time.

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