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Odisha: Chandaka-Dampara Sanctuary To Reopen From Oct 2

Bhubaneswar: The Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar is all set to reopen its gates for visitors from October 2. The sanctuary will open after remaining shut for more than seven months in the wake of Covid-19 outbreak and consequent nationwide lockdown.

The Chandaka-Dampara Sanctuary authorities said that the sanctuary will be opened for public in a restricted manner with all Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing norms in place.

“All precautionary steps will be taken including sanitization, thermal screening of visitors and wearing of masks”, ANI quoted HS Mohanty, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Chandaka Wildlife Division as saying to the news agency.

The Chandaka-Dampara sanctuary spread over an area of 193.39 square kilometres on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar is a home to varied and rich wildlife. The park is known for successful conservation of wild elephants.

After months of staying out of bounds for public, the Nandankanan Zoological park is also set to reopen for visitors from October 4 with adherence to all Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing norms.

Similarly, the botanical garden inside the zoo will also open on the same date, informed Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), Hari Shankar Upadhyay.

The zoo authorities have planned initially planned to allow entry of only 1,000 people a day. The tickets for entry will be available both online and offline.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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