BOOST FOR TOURISM: HOMESTAY FACILITY, JUNGLE SAFARI INAUGURATED
Homestay facility and jungle safari from the Kakrali gate of Nandhaur wildlife sanctuary were inaugurated on the weekend. The event was presided over by the Champawat MLA Kailash Gahtodi on the weekend. Speaking on the occasion the MLA said that opening of the Kakrali gate will give rise to rural tourism while also enabling visitors from across India and abroad to appreciate the wildlife from close quarters. On the first day, about 100 toursits undertook a jungle safari from the gate up to Senapani forest rest house, also spotting a leopard among other sights in the jungle.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Champawat MLA said that there is considerable scope for tourism in Nandhaur. Eco-tourism also needs to be encouraged in the area. He said that the start of jungle safari in the wildlife sanctuary will generate employment opportunities for about 1,000 youth from the 50 villages connected to Nandhaur. Stating that the Uttarakhand government is focusing in a big way on encourage rural tourism, he said that the state’s tableau in this year’s Republic Day parade at Rajpath in the national capital onJanuary 26 is also based on rural tourism.
The Haldwani divisional forest officer Chandra Shekhar Sanwal spoke about the rick flora and fauna of Nandhaur wildlife sanctuary situated in the forest division. The rich wildlife and flora of the region was why it was made a wildlife sanctuary in the year 2012. This region is now also being developed from the tourism point of view. The DFO further informed that in order to encourage tourism, Gypsy drivers from Tanakpur have been asked to provide vehicles to ferry tourists. About four villages have also been selected to make provision for home-stay facility for tourists. Sanwal further opined that opening of the wildlife sanctuary for tourists will directly benefit residents of adjoining villages, those trained as nature guides and Gypsy drivers part from which there will also be improvement in the scope for income generation. Speaking on the occasion, the Haldwani sub divisional officer Rajesh Srivastav said that work is being encouraged in a phased manner to encourage tourism while also ensuring wildlife security at Nandhaur. Efforts will be made to maximise the number of local people connected with tourism. He said that the Nandhaur wildlife sanctuary is especially important for bird watching and jungle safari apart from which it also has unique attractions like a butterfly zone. The Champawat district magistrate Iqbal Ahmed, senior superintendent of police Dhirendra Gunjyal and officials of the forest department along with local residents were also among those present on the occasion.
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