The world heritage Sundarbans has been opened for tourists. After 3 months all the spots of Sundarbans are open for tourists as the ban is lifted. At the same time, the rivers and canals of Sundarbans are now unobstructed for fishermen to fish.
Tourists can legally visit the world’s largest mangrove again from Thursday (September 1) morning. Fishermen who depend on the forest are also going in search of their livelihood. However, the ban on entering the sanctuary remains as before.
Manik Moral and Rakib Hossain, trawler owners of Burigoalini Ghat adjacent to the Sundarbans, said that entry into the Sundarbans was prohibited until after the Padma Bridge was launched. Forest-dependent fishermen, tour operators, launch and boat owners-operators are ready to offer services in exchange for travel permits. Booking of tourists has also started.
Sundarban Satkhira Range Assistant Conservator of Forests (ACF) Iqbal Hussain Chowdhury confirmed the fact that the foresters have already renewed the BLC, pass (permit) from the forest department to enter the Sundarbans. It is expected that after the ban, many tourists will cross the Padma Bridge by road to visit the Sundarbans every day.
He said, the tour operators and trawler owners of Sundarbans have started preparations in advance with such hope. New tour packages have been added to Sundarbans travel at low cost for tourists.
It should be noted that according to the recommendations of Integrated Resources Management Planning to protect the environment and fish resources of the Sundarbans, fishing in all rivers and canals of the Sundarbans is closed from July 1 to August 31 every year from 2019. However, this year, the Forest Ministry has extended this period by one month from June 1 to August 31. In addition to the closure of fishing for these three months, tourist entry is also prohibited.