Ramnagar, July 2 (ANI): Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand has been closed down for tourists in view of the approaching monsoon, as roads become unsafe and unusable for vehicles.
"During the rainy season...many rivers of our forests pass through the main road. When it rains, all the roads are damaged. They are not usable for the tourists' vehicles. So, this is the reason, we close down the park during the rainy season," said U. C. Tiwari, a park warden.
The areas of the park open for night visits have been closed down since June 15, and would reopen on November 15, whereas the areas for daytime safaris were shut down on Wednesday and would reopen on October 15.
Meanwhile, park guides have complained of facing unemployment problems during the monsoon season.
"This is the main source of our income. It becomes difficult for us during the monsoon, as all the guides are working here for the past 15-20 years; they do not get employment during the monsoons. We are unemployed due to this," said Dani Ram, a guide.
About 70,000 tourists from India and abroad visit the park every season. (ANI)