The footfall at Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar is seeing a stable increase, after nearly a month since it opened for most of the people on October 4, with Covid-19 restrictions in place. Speaking to ANI, Hari Shankar Upadhyay, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden said that to start with, 300 to 400 visitors used to visit the zoo per day after it re-opened post the nationwide lockdown on October 4.
“Before opening the zoo for people, we made arrangements so that there have been sanitisers to be had for people. We are also following all Covid-19 appropriate protocols and promoting online ticketing. In the first week, we had also put restrictions in order that not many of us came visited the zoo at one time. To begin with, 300 to 400 people visited per days. The number has now increased to 1,500 to 2,000 visitors per day, and we are hosting around 25,000 tourists in a month,” he said.
The tourists who are visiting the zoo are appreciating the arrangements made by the management authorises to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Dilip Kumar Das, a native who came to the zoo with his circle of relatives said that visiting the place after more than six months felt good. “The zoo authorities have made a very good arrangement for sanitisation, and all Covid-19 norms are being followed. The staff is wearing cooperative and following all government’s protocols. The staff is ensuring that thermal scanning is done at the entrance and people follow social distancing within the zoo. The kids are enjoying a lot,” said Das.
Tourists from West Bengal have also started visiting the Zoo. Priyabrata, who came from Kolkata with his circle of relatives for a holiday said that the Nandankanan Zoological Park is a protected place to visit with circle of relatives.
“We had been at home for a very long time and kids were bored. Now that zoo is open, we came here for a change and kids are enjoying themselves. The sanitisation system here is superb. The entire Covid-19 related norms are being followed. The authorities used the lockdown to make give a boost to the infrastructure and the wonderful thing about the place has increased. This can be a protected place to be with a circle of relatives,” he said.
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