Pune Forest Department Closes Dangerous Zones in Tamhini, Bhimashankar Sanctuaries

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Pune, 1st July 2024: During the rainy season, Punekars across the district venture out to various tourist spots to enjoy nature. While some of these spots are well-known and crowded, others remain relatively undiscovered and less frequented. However, many of these areas can be particularly dangerous during the rainy season if proper precautions are not taken.

Popular destinations include areas in Maval, Mulshi, and other rural parts of Pune, where nature is at its peak this season. Notably, Tamhini Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary are popular among tourists. Recently, the Maharashtra Forest Department issued an important update regarding these locations.

According to Tushar Chavan, Deputy Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) in Pune, accident-prone zones in both sanctuaries are now completely closed to tourists until 30th September 2024. The decision aims to mitigate risks, especially during the rainy season when the danger is heightened. There have been recent incidents at Bhushi Dam and Tamhini Ghat where multiple people were swept away by water. To prevent further accidents, the Forest Department has implemented these closures. Additionally, those who do not comply with these restrictions will face action under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.

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DCF Chavan said, “While going to roam during the rainy season, every tourist should act responsibly. The accident-prone zones in Tamhini Wildlife Sanctuary and Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary are completely closed to tourists until 30th September. We request all tourists to avoid areas where there is a risk of mishaps. If any tourist is found not adhering to these guidelines, action will be taken against them under the Wildlife Protection Act.”