SUBJECT : Kabirvad eco tourism project to be revived

Bharuch, March 10th: Almost eight years after it was proposed, the re-development plan for Kabirvad on banks of Narmada, finally looks to have been taken out of the cupboard.

Bharuch collector Dr. Vikrant Pandey and team of MLAs and members of Bharuch Citizen Council recently visited Kabirvad to review the development plan prepared by the forest and roads and building departments.
"Reviving the plan was raised in district coordination meeting by MLAs Arunsinh Rana and Dushyant Patel. A grant of Rs.50 crore has been already sanctioned by Central government. The final plan is ready and tenders are expected to be issued within a month," Pandey told TOI.

The development includes concrete and floating jetties at both ends of Mangleshwar and Kabirvad. A passage will be created without use of any cement or steel besides construction of garden with restaurants, bathing space and several recreation facilitates. Around Rs.3.5 crore have been allocated to forest department to the develop facilitates within Kabirvad area," he added.

The project was proposed by Bharuch District Management Association in 2008 and lakhs of rupees were spent on preparing a project report by the Tourism Finance Corporation of India TFCI in 2010. It was proposed to develop Kabirvad as an eco-tourism spot as the place is famed for hundreds of banyan trees believed to be planted the the famous Sant Kabir.

The official foundation ceremony for the project was held on May 25, 2011 at Kabirvad in presence of Subodhkant Sahay, then union minister for tourism and state tourism minister Jay Narayan Vyas. The work was to be carried out Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd but nothing was done in the last five years

Also, Rs one crore has been allocated for construction of Snan Ghat on bank of Narmada near Zadeshwar, which was one of the important demand of people. "The design is ready and work is expected to start after few months. Similarly, land has been identified for art, culture and science gallery and it would be developed on public-private partnership model by Sad Vidya Mandal trust," said Pandey.

Source: Times of India