The Alipore Zoological Gardens in the town had recorded 400 guests on a mean in April and solely 150 folks on April 30 earlier than closing down indefinitely from May 1, Director Asis Samanta advised PTI on Tuesday. (TOI PHOTO)
KOLKATA: With the spike in Covid-19 circumstances, museums, planetarium, zoos, national parks have been closed in West Bengal to avert contamination.
The Alipore Zoological Gardens in the town had recorded 400 guests on a mean in April and solely 150 folks on April 30 earlier than closing down indefinitely from May 1, Director Asis Samanta advised PTI on Tuesday.
“As decided by the state government, all forest department run zoos in state, national parks and sanctuaries remain closed for public from May 1 till further notice. We had recorded over 1,000 visitors on an average in February which gradually went down to 400 in April with report of spread in infection,” Samanta mentioned.
Director of M P Birla Planetarium and properly-identified astrophysicist Debiprasad Duari mentioned the favored spot for college students and others in cosmic world needed to be closed since April 17 for worry of contamination of the pathogen regardless of taking all Covid management measures and decreasing the viewers capability to 1 third.
The planetarium had been recording full homes in sure exhibits in December-February and the crowds began dwindling from March, he mentioned.
Director of Science City and Indian Museum, Kolkata A D Choudhury mentioned “as per the Central government directive we have banned the entry of visitors into the compound and suspended shows since April 16 till May 15.”
He mentioned any future resolution in this regard can be taken as directed by the Central authorities contemplating the scenario.
West Bengal Chief Wildlife Warden V Ok Yadav advised PTI quoting a notification by Additional Chief Secretary (Forest), “Visitors are no more being allowed inside eco-tourism projects, conservation reserves, national parks and tiger reserves, run by the forest department since May 1.”
The notification, nonetheless, allowed “strictly regulated” entry of guests inside parks and gardens below the division with strict Covid-19 protocols.