Kendrapara, Dec 16 (LocalWire): Cancellation of several trains due to the agitation over Citizenship Amendment Bill in West Bengal and other states have taken a toll on tourism in Bhitarkanika National Park and other tourist places in Kendrapara district and its nearby areas.
‘The cancellation of trains is likely to weigh on the already struggling tourism industry in Bhitarkanika,’ said Sanghamitra Jena, a tour operator.
United States and Canada have asked their citizens to avoid non-essential travel to the northeast in view of the ongoing protests and many foreigners have cancelled their trips, added Jena who recently returned from Nagaland with a group of foreigners.
‘Though it’s the peak tourist season, violence in West Bengal will severely affect tourism in the Buddhist sites of Lalitagiri, Ratnagiri, Langudi, Udaygiri and Kaima areas in Jajpur district and Bhitarkanika national park in Kendrapada district,’ added Jena.
The villages within Bhitarkanika national park also depend on tourism.
‘I spent Rs one lakh to renovate my boat to ferry tourists from Jayanagar Ghat to Bhitarkanika but the violence over CAB has dashed all my hopes as several tourists cancelled their visit to the park,’ said Bhagabat Behera, a boat owner from Jayanagar.
‘We hope tourists will turn up as the situation should normalize within few days,’ said Bikash Ranjan Dash, the divisional forest officer of Bhitarkanika National Park.