All National Parks across Madhya Pradesh that were closed due to rising COVID cases from last few months are set to reopen from June 1 over unemployment among locals.
MP Forest Minister Dr Vijay Shah directed all National Parks to re open from June 1 to 30. He said due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all national parks and tiger reserves were closed in a bid to curb the COVID spread.
It is to be noted that guides, gypsy, driver etc services are closed and locals dependent on tourism are facing unemployment.
Minister Shah said that after reopening of parks, people will be able to get fresh air and enjoy flora-fauna.
He also directed forest officials to follow COVID-19 protocol in all parks. Tourism in Madhya Pradesh tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries is facing adversity amid the pandemic.
Hoteliers, taxis and locals who are dependent on visitors become jobless as all tourist spots are closed.
Visitors also refuse to come out of their
homes due to the scare of COVID-19 pandemic.
The situation worsened this year as last year too there was no earning during 2020 season as nationwide lockdown was imposed.
While Panna Tiger Reserve said to keep the tourism activities closed till May 30, other reserves had released notification to ban entry of tourist till further notice.