Odisha to develop 30 eco tourism spots

Published: 20th December 2016 10:14 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th December 2016 10:14 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The state government on Tuesday approved an action plan to develop 30 eco-tourism
spots in the state.

The action plan for 2016-17 fiscal with an estimated cost of Rs 21 crore was approved in the eco-tourism board meeting presided over by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

Padhi advised the Forests and Environment Department to create more employment opportunities for local youths through these projects. He also directed that projects be planned on self-sustaining mode.

It was decided to keep the nature tourism spots open throughout the year and to prepare a master plan for the comprehensive development of these spots.

The Chief Secretary further advised the department to publicise the spots through tour operators, websites of reputed tour and travel organisations, and hoteliers at national and international forums.

Prominent among the eco-tourist spots included in the action plan include Mangalajodi and Berhampura under Chilika wildlife (WL)  division, Barakhandia and Dhodrokusum under Hirakud WL division, Kumari and Jamuani under Baripada WL division, Deras and Godibari under Chandaka WL division, Badmul under Mahanadi WL division, Tarava and Chhotkei under Satkosia WL division, Daringibadi and Belghar under Baliguda WL, Dangmal under Rajnagar WL, Barbara under Khordha WL
and Ansupa under Athgarh WL. Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Sidhant Das said bookings for nature-tourism spots can be made online through website www.ecotourodisha.com. Around 1200 visitors have booked their visit through this site.

This portal has also been integrated with billing and payment gate way along with SMS and e-mail information system, he added.

Das further said that 27 youths have been trained in hospitality and housekeeping for providing services in the eco-tourism spots.

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