SUBJECT :Uttar Pradesh government has identified 38 spots and proposes to develop them as eco-tourism zones in the state, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday. 

Dudhwa, February 13, 2018: The Uttar Pradesh government has identified 38 spots and proposes to develop them as eco-tourism zones in the state, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said on Friday. The CM was addressing a gathering after inaugurating the International Bird Festival at Dudhwa Tiger Reserve here.

Talking about Dudhwa, CM said like Agra, Dudhwa has the potential to attract tourists. “Tourists can see over 450 species of birds alone in Dudhwa, which is 90% of the total bird species found in the state. We should plan to promote eco-tourism in such a way that the local residents can provide accommodation to tourists who come to Dudhwa National Park. In this way, employment can be generated.”

Calling Dudhwa an ideal place for developing eco-tourism, the CM was of the view that it was the key to generating employment for local youths in the region.

He called upon forest officers to send a proposal to upgrade the metre gauge rail services in order to launch a heritage tourism train for those who wish to visit Dudhwa. “We also plan to connect Dudhwa with the national and state capital by air,” he added.

Stressing on the need for hospitality management, Yogi urged guides to be well mannered to ensure that the tourist have a memorable experience when they come to Dudhwa.

Touching on local issues, Yogi said, “We should also focus on resolving the issues of tribals who live in the forest areas otherwise we will have to face criminals like Veerappan in these areas.”

He also directed the administrative officials to coordinate with forest officials and ensure desilting of the rivers in a bid to tackle the problem of floods that beset the forest area every monsoon.

The CM said people living near forest areas are a part of the forest and “we are taking steps towards their uplift”. “Solar lights have been installed at tribal villages and if required, we will also provide them with electricity. The handicrafts made by the Tharu tribe of Dudhwa has been listed under the ‘one district, one product scheme’,” he added.

Since Lakhimpur Kheri is one of the largest cane producing districts in the state, Yogi assured cane farmers of payment of their dues by the sugar mills. “We have instructed all the sugar mill owners to release cane payment within 14 days (of procuring cane).”

Referring to the problems faced by cane farmers, CM said, “Our government ensured that farmers were able to sell their produce directly to us through government purchase centres. Purchasing of paddy has increased this season. We are now planning to set up 5,500 purchase centres in the state for the convenience of paddy farmers.”

During his hour-long stay, Yogi released a coffee table book on Dudhwa and advised authorities to ensure that the book is made available at all major railway stations and airports so that people get to read about Dudhwa National Park.

Several wildlife experts from across the globe are in Dudhwa to participate in the international bird festival. Birdwatcher Tim Appleton from Britain, director and wildlife expert Mike Pandey, former director of Bombay Natural Historical Society Asad Rehmani and WWF state coordinator Mudit Gupta are among the experts who are here for the festival. IPS officer Dharmendra Singh Yadav, who wrote a book about tigers, and state forest minister Dara Singh Chauhan were also present.

Source: Times of India