The Forest Department has decided to reopen the world’s largest mangrove forest Sundarbans to tourism on November 1 after seven-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Md. Ariful Hoque Belal, Assistant Chief Conservator of Forests (office management plan unit) of Forest Department told The Daily Sun that they have decided to open the Sundarbans complying with health guidelines.He said a limited number of tourists will be allowed to visit the Sundarbans.
A meeting of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Forests and Environment was held on October 19 and discussed ways to reopen the the Sundarbans for tourists.
The meeting decided to reopen the Sundarbans ahead of the upcoming tourist season, according to the sources of Forest Department.
Earlier on March 19, the Forest Department announced a temporary ban on tourist movement and boat plying all over the Sundarbans to check the spread of coronavirus.
During the tourist season (November to March), according to the Forest Department, over 45,000 tourists visit nine tourist areas in the Sundarbans every day.