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Govt preparing visitor’s policy to protect Sundarbans

Update : 15 Mar 2014, 08:07 PM

The government is preparing a visitor’s policy to protect the world’s largest mangrove forest the Sundarbans.

The policy will include comprehensive guidelines for the tourists as part of the government effort to save the mangrove forest from pollution created by the vessels and visitors.

“We are exchanging views with both the government and private stakeholders, who are directly involved with the tourism industry,” Faiz Ahmed, joint secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, said.

He said the policy would be finalised immediately after getting the opinion of the people concerned in the tourism sector.

Officials of the ministry said the government had initiated the process of preparing visitor’s policy nearly two years back.

As part of the process, the ministry sent letters to different stakeholders, including the tour operators, seeking opinion.

Apart from the tour operators, all the organisations concerned have given feedback in this regard.

Yunus Ali, chief conservator of Forests, said the policy was needed for the sake of greater interest of the Sundarbans.

“All the tourists and vessels are used to leave solid wastages which are not decomposed properly, polluting the environment of the Sundarbans severely,” he added.

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