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November 14, 2011
Similipal Tiger Reserve In Orissa To Open For Night Stay After Two Years


14 November 2011

Government of Orissa has decided to allow night stay of tourists in forest rest houses in Similipal Tiger Reserve (STR) for the first time after the Maoists' offensive in reserve's tourism zone in March 2009 and repeated attack on April 2009. The night stay will, however, be limited to the buffer area of Gudugudia and Jamuani, according to official sources.

Not far from the Pine Villa, a rest house, in Gudgudia where the tourists will be provided with accommodation and food, a posse of armed policemen have been stationed since the Maoists' attack in March 2009, according to a PTI report. Besides, the reserve authorities are regularly keeping in touch with the Mayurbhanj collector and superintendent of police regarding the security of tourists, according to Anup Kumar Nayak, Regional Chief Conservator of Forests (Northern Region). Nayak also informed that the security aspects for tourists will be reviewed from time to time by the district administration and police.

The food and accommodation in the rest houses for Gudgudia and Jashipur has been outsourced so that the tourists will be relieved from the hassles of carrying their lunch. Nayak, who is also the field director of the reserve, said that the tourists staying in Gudgudia can also go for trekking and bird watching.

Similipal forest is blessed with rich biodiversity comprising of 1,076 plants, 42 mammals, 264 avifauna and 20 reptile species. The Red rebels had ransacked the tourists' rest houses at Chahala, Nawana and other places and damaged the entire VHF wireless network. The state government, therefore, closed the park for tourism from March 2009 till December 2010, when the park was opened for day tourism only.