Sundarbans is open

After being closed for three months, the Sundarbans have been opened again from September 1. The forest department had banned tourists and fishermen from entering the forest from June 1 to August 31 due to fish breeding season. At that time, the forest department imposed a ban mainly to prevent the reproduction of fish.

After the ban on Thursday (01 September), fishermen started fishing in the rivers and canals of Sundarbans. Along with this, tour operators have also entered the Sundarbans with tourists in various boats including launches, jalliboats and trawlers since morning. However, due to the opening of the Padma Bridge, the arrival of tourists in the Sundarbans this season will increase compared to the previous season, said the Forest Department.

Muhammad Belayet Hossain, Divisional Forest Officer of Sundarban East Banbi Division said that the number of tourists will increase in Sundarban this time as compared to the previous period due to the opening of Padma Bridge. Therefore, two more new tourist centers have been built to facilitate the travel of tourists and meet their needs.

He also said that the fishermen have also started fishing in the rivers and canals of Sundarbans with passports. They will be able to harvest relatively more fish during this post-ban period.

Local and foreign visitors travel from Mongla to Karamjal, Harbaria, Hiranpoint, Neelkamal, Katka, Kachikhali and Dubla Char of Sundarbans. As the pressure of visitors is increasing day by day, the forest department has developed two new tourist centers in Andharmanik and Alibandha in the forest.

Officer-in-charge of Karamjal Tourism and Wildlife Breeding Center of Chandpai Range of Sundarban East Forest Division. Azad Kabir said that there was a ban on entry of tourists to the Sundarbans for three months. Since the Sundarbans have been opened since September 1, the flow of tourists has started to decrease. After a long time, the Sundarbans are once again bustling with the footsteps and noise of tourists. Along with that, the fishermen have also started throwing nets in the rivers and canals of the forest.

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