SUBJECT : Rupees 88 lakh eco tourism project to add to Puducherry allure 

New status:Ousteri will soon be announced a litter-free zone. —Photo: T. Singaravelou

Puducherry, June 2nd: Soon, one can cycle through the forest area to view the hundreds of species of trees in Puducherry.

Department of Forest and Wildlife Protection in Puducherry on Wednesday announced that they would soon start an eco-tourism project in Puducherry.

Plans are afoot to introduce kayaking in Ousteri Lake and cycling on the bumpy roads of Manapet forest area.

G. Kumar, Conservator of Forests, said that Rs.88 lakh has been sanctioned for the department and this would be fully utilized for the project. “Two watch towers would be built to monitor activities in Ousteri Lake. It is also safe to introduce kayaking here. In Manapet forest area, spread across 100 acres, four gear cycles would be made available for the tourists initially. This will be ready within four to five months,” he said.

He added that Ousteri will soon be announced a litter-free zone. With the Department of Forest and Wildlife Protection on a 15-day Swachch Bharat drive, they are going to clean up the forest area coming . Along with the 124 staff in the forest department, the local people would be involved in this drive. The department staff will clean up the Animal Rescue Centre, Forest Department office complex, 35 acres of Bharathi Mill complex, parks in Venkata Nagar, Kurinji Nagar, Mudaliarpet, Kurumampet, Jayanagar and Ousteri.

Mr.Kumar said that these projects would be ready by this financial year. This initiative is seen as a way to strengthen eco tourism in Puducherry.

There are also plans to open the forest area for the public soon. There are at least 180 species of trees in the forest area.

Under the initiative, tourists can go around Manapet forest area in four-gear cycles

Source: The Hindu