Bhubaneswar, Aug 3; With a new facility towards transportation of tourists, Bhitarkanika National park has reopened after three months with three solar powers vehicles. To avail the facility tourists need to pay Rs 20 per head to travel to the core areas of the mangrove forest.
As there is a prohibition of vehicular traffic in the park, this eco-friendly, pollution free and soundless vehicle would be helpful to the tourists. It would help to avoid accidents for the people walking in the forest due to its slow moving speed, informed Bimal Prasan Acharya, Divisional Forest officer.
Three vehicles have been bought for Rupees 5.25 lakh, with each vehicle having a carrying capacity of 5 persons. It would help to eliminate the struggle faced by elderly people and women during their trek towards the forest guest house.
Around 40 mechanical boats with 9 HP diesel engine operate in Bhitarkanika that invade the park’s tranquility due to the noise the boats make.