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Uttarakhand seeks Centre’s nod to open Corbett National Park and shrines

Uttarakhand tourism minister Satpal Maharaj on Wednesday sought the Centre’s permission to open the Corbett National Park and well-liked shrines within the state to revive tourism.

“I have written to the Centre requesting them to allow the opening of Jim Corbett National Park and popular holy shrines in the state. It will help to revive the tourism in the state in a gradual manner which is important as the sector is our bread and butter,” Maharaj mentioned.

Corbett National Park is a significant wildlife tourism vacation spot and a income earner for the Uttarakhand authorities. The park and the shrines have been closed for the reason that lockdown started in March. Corbett is open for vacationers from November 15 until June 15 and is generally shut throughout the monsoon.

Maharaj additionally introduced that the state authorities will present monetary assist of Rs 5,000 every to all of the river rafting guides in Uttarakhand amid lockdown.

“There are about 560 river rafting guides registered with the government to whom we will provide a financial assistance of Rs 5,000 each. We have also waived off the yearly license renewal fees of river rafting and aero-sports firms in the state amid losses due to lockdown,” the minister mentioned.

At current, the river rafting corporations have to pay an annual payment of Rs 9,118 to the tourism division and Rs 3,038 to the forest division. Similarly, the aero sports activities corporations have to pay an annual payment of Rs 7,500 yearly.

River rafting on the Ganga usually takes place in Rishikesh and at different locations additional upstream.

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