Oct 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka's Yala National Park, which was closed for visitors for over two months for public, was reopened today for visitors. However the reopening was marred by a tense situation erupted as a result of a protest by the safari jeep drivers.
The entry of vehicles to the Yala National park has been curtailed to minimize the impacts of tourists on the environment.
Owners of safari jeeps have staged the demonstration blocking the entrance roads to the Park claiming that severe injustice has been caused to them due to the new plan of limiting the number of vehicles with effect from today.
Shops in Tissamaharama were kept closed to extend their support to the protesters.
Safari jeep owners who arrived in vehicle parade to Tissamaharama handed over a letter containing their proposals to and grievances to the deputy director of Yala National Park Ranjith Marasinghe. He has assured a prompt solution to the problem.