SUBJECT :The environment and forest department is going to set up a separate wing for dealing with issues related to promotion of eco-tourism in the state. The move aims to promote eco-tourism in a big way. 

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Patna, January 14, 2018: The environment and forest department is going to set up a separate wing for dealing with issues related to promotion of eco-tourism in the state. The move aims to promote eco-tourism in a big way.

Deputy Chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, who heads the environment and forest department, confirmed this on Thursday. The department has identified potential sites to be developed keeping tourists' needs in mind.

"Apart from Valmiki Tiger Reserve, places like the Gangetic dolphin sanctuary in Bhagalpur, the wildlife safari at Rajgir, Bhimbandh Wildlife Sanctuary in Jamui, Kushiar Gaon and Raniganj in Araria district, the natural Sal forest spread over Purnea and Kishanganj, Madhopur in Jamui and Piparghatti in Gaya are some sites identified for development to promote eco-tourism in the state," principal chief conservator of forest D.K. Shukla said.

The environment and forest department would create necessary infrastructure at the identified sites. As far as proposed eco-tourism wing in the department is concerned, Shukla said the wing would be headed by a chief executive officer and be responsible for branding of these sites and linking other facilities using which tourists can visit the sites as per their convenience.

"We intend to provide end-to-end solution to tourists," Shukla said. "This includes transport from the nearest place they can reach by air or train or other means, food and lodging facility. Also, a dedicated website of the eco-tourism wing will be created through which tourists can make all kinds of bookings."

The eco-tourism project also entails aggregation of micro-enterprises so that residents, too, benefit from the move.

Elaborating on the concept, Shukla said that for various services like food and lodging, transportation and others, the department would have an understanding with the service providers and the same would be linked to the website so that someone making a booking could book all the requirements as per one's budget.

As far as food and lodging facility inside the forest area is concerned, arrangements would be made by the department as outside players cannot be allowed to have their services in the restricted area.

Bhimbandh is known for its scenic beauty and also boasts of a geyser and a pond in the midst of forest.

Madhopur in Jamui boasts of a bio-diversity park and one more is coming up at Piparghatti in Gaya. The Sal forest of Purnea and Kishanganj are naturally grown forests.

The project for the wildlife safari at Rajgir has already been approved and after implementation it would be one-of-its-kind in the state.

VTR happens to be the only tiger reserve in Bihar while the Gangetic dolphin sanctuary is a well-known spot.


Source: The Telegraph India