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Kaziranga National Park (KNP) has recorded a healthy footfall since it reopened to tourists on October 21, 2020.
Forest department sources on December 31 said that 64,100 tourists visited the Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve since October 21, 2020, while the revenue collected during the period was recorded at ₹127.32 lakh.
The park was closed for seven months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had, during the formal reopening of the park, expressed hope that the move to allow tourists to visit the park would revive the state’s tourism sector, which had taken a backseat during the pandemic-triggered lockdown.
While the lockdown hit the state’s tourism sector hard, the park authorities could successfully curb rhino poaching with only two rhinos poached in the year 2020.
KNP sources said that 66 cases, including 17 rhino-related cases, have been booked in the year while 95 persons have been arrested in 38 rhino-related cases.
New tourist destinations, some offering river tourism, such as Bhomoraguri, Panpur, Chirang, Banderdubi and Biswanath ghat were also developed during the year.
(Edited by Christopher Gatphoh)