Dudhwa National Park To Start Helicopter Service Soon; How Environment-Friendly Is This Move?

by Tooba Shaikh
Dudhwa National Park To Start Helicopter Service Soon; How Environment-Friendly Is This Move?

Dudhwa National Park is all set to welcome visitors with a host of fresh new updates that are guaranteed to make the experience of staying in this natural haven even more fun and pleasurable. The biggest update, perhaps, is the helicopter service that will connect the national park to Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary in Lucknow. This means that people can take a new scenic route between the two wildlife sanctuaries that is not only quick but also affordable. But, is the most environmentally friendly option?

Dudhwa National Park To Start Helicopter Rides

Dudhwa National Park
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Dudhwa National Park is loved by nature enthusiasts across the country, and even the world, for their vibrant biodiversity and lush greenery. It will open its doors to the public on November 15. In order to provide the best experience to its visitors, the national park has a slew of updates. These include reduced fares, upcoming hotels near the park and a helicopter service.

The helicopter service will connect Dudhwa to Kataniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary. By road, the journey takes around five hours. With the new helicopter service, however, the travel time will be reduced to less than 30 minutes. What is more, the helicopter journey will also be priced economically so that many people can afford it.

The helipad will be built around seven kilometres away, according to an article recently published by NativePlanet. It is important to note, however, that the exact date of commencement of the helicopter service is not known yet. The entry fee is also reduced now. Where it was ₹300 before, it will only be ₹150 now.

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Is This The Most Environment-Friendly Move?

Dudhwa National Park
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Though the helicopter service means that travel will be more convenient and scenic, there are reasons to furrow brows. Dudhwa National Park is a biodiverse region. As such, any construction activity in the area may disturb the delicate balance of the environment and may disturb the beings that reside there. Helicopters are also incredibly noisy.

Regular operations between the two nature-centric destinations might negatively affect the environment in terms of the noise and pollution created. Furthermore, constructing hotels close to the destination may also have a similar effect. The pollution created by construction sites as well as the increased human activity once the hotels are completed may all be harmful.

It is important to preserve the delicate ecological balance of places like Dudhwa National Park. That cannot be done if such activities continue. The initiative of launching a helicopter service is laudable from a tourist point of view, but from an ecological perspective, it could adversely affect the creatures of the forest.

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Have you ever visited Dudhwa National Park? Would you like to if given the chance? Let us know in the comments section below!

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