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Sundarbans tourist center and safari park closed

To prevent the spread of corona, all types of tourists have been banned from entering the Sundarbans. The order has been in effect since Friday. At the same time, a notification was issued by the Deputy Commissioner and the Upazila Administrator saying that all the tourist centers of the district including the Sundarbans have been declared closed till further notice. Meanwhile, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Sreepur, Gazipur has also been declared closed.

Earlier, tourist centers in Satkhira district, including the Sundarbans, were declared closed from May 2020 due to the Corona epidemic. As a result, all the tourist centers including Ashak Leena, Karamora, Rupshi Mangrove of Debhata in Shyamnagar of the district were closed. At one stage, when the situation in Corona improved a bit, it was announced that tourists would enter the Sundarbans from November 1. From then on, the tourist areas became active during the winter season.

Abdul Alim, president of the Burigoalini Trawler Owners Association in the Sundarbans, said they have more than 500 trawlers in the area. On this they are supported. As tourists are barred from entering the Sundarbans, they have to live inhuman lives with their families.

Satkhira Deputy Commissioner SM Mostafa Kamal said in a letter on Thursday that all tourist destinations would be closed from Friday until further notice. This measure has been taken to prevent the spread of Corona situation.
Besides, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Sreepur has been declared closed for the second time in the country to combat the second wave of coronavirus. It will be closed from April 3 to April 15 under the direction of the Forest Department.

This information was confirmed by the officer-in-charge of the park and Assistant Forest Conservator Tabibar Rahman at 7 pm on Friday. Earlier, the park was closed from March 20, 2020 to October 31. Such a decision was made in the Corona situation then. He said the number of infections and deaths in Bangladesh is increasing day by day due to the impact of the second wave of global corona situation. In this situation, the public meeting has been discouraged as per the 18-point directive given by the government. Considering the situation, the forest department decided to close all the tourist spots under the forest department across the country. According to him, the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Sreepur has also been instructed to remain closed.