Kathmandu: The Chitwan National Park (CNP) has banned commercial jungle drive (safari) inside the Park from July 1 till further notice. The Park banned the jungle drive citing that forest track inside the Park might be damaged, small streams inside the jungle might be flooded, roads might be obstructed due to fallen trees and there might be human casualty during the monsoon.
A notice issued by the CNP Administration mentioned that operation of other tourism activities including boating has also been restricted. Information Officer of CNP, Ganesh Prasad Tiwari, said 65 jeeps have taken permission from CNP to operate jungle drive in the park. A total of 32 jeeps have taken permission to conduct jungle drive in the Park from Sauraha, 15 from Kasara, nine from Meghauli, two from Ujauli, five from Amaltari and one from Madi, he shared. With the beginning of monsoon, tourism activities conducted inside the park and in the river have been stopped.
Tiwari informed that the buffer zone management committee will decide about the activities to be carried out towards buffer zone community forest.