Dudhwa Tiger Reserve to reopen on Nov 1

Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) (File photo)

New Delhi (NVI): The Dudhwa Tiger Reserve (DTR) in Uttar Pradesh is all set to reopen for wildlife enthusiasts from November 1, with strict COVID-19 restrictions.

The reserve is reopening almost 15 days ahead of its schedule date. The tourist season in Dudhwa usually starts on November 15 and concludes on June 15 every year.

According to the forest officials, tourists would be made to go through thermal scanning and those younger than 10 years and those above 65 years have been barred from entering the reserve under the COVID-19 guidelines.

There will be a fine of Rs 500 for those not wearing a mask and tourists would have to carry a personal sanitizer. Only four tourists will be allowed in every safari jeep other than the driver and forest guide.

Moreover, the tourists will not be able to enjoy the elephant safaris that have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Field Director of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve, Sanjay Pathak said, “The eco-tourism season will begin from November 1 and we have to adhere to the COVID-19 guidelines laid by the central and state governments.”

Furthermore, the COVID-19 negative report is not mandatory but tourists exhibiting the symptoms of during inspection at the gate will not be allowed to enter.

Dudhwa used to earn Rs 46.50 lakh revenues, but it was reduced to around Rs 25.65 lakh this year, as the reserve was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.