Uttrakhand Govt Has Decided to Keep Jim Corbett National Park Open All Year Round
News update: In a good news for wildlife enthusiasts, Jim Corbett National Park and the Rajaji Tiger Reserve will now remain open throughout the year.
Earlier, both the sanctuaries, which are noted for vast flora and fauna such as tigers, leopards, deers, elephants and other animals, used to close for five months during the monsoon season. The Jim Corbett National Parks did not welcome visitors from 15th June to 15th November every year. This new decision was taken after a meeting of Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat with officials.
The Corbett officials and the Uttrakahand government has taken the decision to boost the tourism industry in the state which is one of the major attractions in the country. Both the national parks have registered an uptick in the number of visitors in recent years; however, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the authorities to shut gates for tourists.
According to government data, 2.04 lakh tourists, including 377 foreigners, visited the Jim Corbett National Park between April 2020 and March 2021. The wildlife park raked in more than Rs 8 crore from these tourists. The figure does not include the indirect spending of visitors such as on lodging, food and other expenses. The lockdown figures indicate the massive tourism potential of the park. Similarly, the Rajaji Tiger Reserve saw around 12,800 visitors, including 23 foreigners, in the same period. The park administration earned Rs 23 lakh from them.