Mar 9, 2014
Making trips to protected areas is set to get easier with the forest department restarting work on the eco-tourism project which has been in a limbo more than a year after being announced. In this regard, three-day training of forest officers in capacity-building started on Wednesday. “Initial preparation has already been done. The project is to be launched big way now,” said principal secretary, forest, VN Garg. In UP, eco-tourism is limited to Dudhwa National Park and some random locations around it. The state government is set to give it the needed push and encompass other areas.
UP Forest Corporation (UPFC), which is the nodal agency for promotion of eco-tourism in the state, has identified many locations in and around forest and protected areas as prospective eco-tourism sites. Katarniaghat on Gerua river in Bahraich, Chuka ghat in Pilibhit on Sharda dam, Chambal ravines in Agra, Nawabganj Bird Sanctuary in Unnao, Chandraprabha Rajdari water falls and Deodari water falls in Varanasi, Sarsainawar Sarus Sanctuary in Etawah, Sandi Bird Sanctuary in Hardoi, Noida Bird Sanctuary and Kalpi river cruise in Yamuna in Jalaun are the eco-tourism spots identified for promotion. UPFC has also made a plan to offer eco-tourism tour packages. The tours will provide a first hand glimpse of nature, biodiversity and natural habitat, agrarian culture of the state, hospitality of the rural folk and also the historical legacy of the visited site.
As posted in timesofindia.indiatimes.com