GUWAHATI: On April 6 and 8, all ranges of Assam's Kaziranga National Park will remain closed to jeep and elephant safaris.
The decision was made in light of Gaj Utsav 2023, according to a statement made by the Assam Forest Department on Wednesday.
The Assam forest department tweeted: "In view of the celebration of 'Gaj Utsav 2023' organised by the Environment and Forest Department, Govt. of Assam and MoEF & CC, Govt. of India, the Jeep Safari & Elephant Safari in all ranges viz., Kaziranga, Bagori, Burapahar and Agortali shall be closed for tourists from 6th to 8th April 2023," according to a statement made by the Assam Forest Department on Wednesday.
An annual event called Gaj Utsav is held at KNP with the goal of preserving and safeguarding Asian elephants. Their essential role in ecological, as well as their representation in our mythology, literature, and religion, are all included in the celebration.
According to Assam's Forest Department, more than 100 domestic Asian elephants will participate in a variety of events, such as dance, football, parades, and racing etc.
Kaziranga National Park is a protected area located in the state of Assam in northeastern India. The woodlands, swamps, and grasslands of the Brahmaputra River floodplain are home to tigers, elephants, and the largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses in the world. In the waters of the Brahmaputra, flowing through the national park, river dolphins can be seen.
Assam has 5,719 wild elephants, the second-highest number of the species in the nation after Karnataka, according to the most recent census, which was conducted in 2017.
According to Chandra Mohan Patowary, the state's forest minister, the confrontation between humans and elephants in Assam results in an average annual death toll of more than 70 people and 80 pachyderms.
He stated in the Assembly that the state government has compensated for damages caused by the pachyderms to the tune of roughly Rs 8–9 crore.
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