Numaligarh: All the tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of Assam, including Kaziranga National Park (KNP), will be shutting down due to coronavirus pandemic.
The office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam said in a press release on Sunday that all the tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of the State would remain closed till March 29, 2020. In its office order no.70 and Memo no. WL/FG.1/COVID-19/2020 dated March 15, 2020, the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Wildlife and Chief Wildlife Warden, Assam stated, “In pursuance of the Central Zoo Authority of India, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India, Circular F No. 19-115/93-CZA(53) (Vol.XIV) (Pt)/2427/2020, dated March 13, 2020 and notification no.GAG (B)300/2018/16, dated March 15, 2020 of the Commissioner and Secretary to the Government of Assam, General Administration Department, Dispur, issued with a view to arrest spread of Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) reported from our country, it is decided that mass gatherings may be avoided in wildlife conservation and protected areas of the State till the disease spread is contained. Therefore, in order to prevent any accidental spread of COVID-19 virus in the zoological parks and protected areas of the State, it is hereby notified that the Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden, Guwahati will remain closed to visitors with immediate effect till March 29, 2020.”
The notification further stated that all the tiger reserves, national parks and wildlife sanctuaries of the State will remain closed till March 29, 2020. All the permissions granted under Section 28 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for film shooting and research will also remain suspended till March 29.