SUBJECT :In a bid to boost ecotourism in the state, the Maharashtra Ecotourism Development Board (MEDB) on Saturday approved plans worth Rs 195 crore for 29 destinations across the state for 2018-19. 

Nagpur, November 19, 2018: In a bid to boost ecotourism in the state, the Maharashtra Ecotourism Development Board (MEDB) on Saturday approved plans worth Rs 195 crore for 29 destinations across the state for 2018-19.

The decision was taken at the executive committee meeting of MEDB at Van Bhavan in the city. PCCF and board chairman UK Agrawal, PCCF (wildlife) and other senior forest officials and members were present.

According to official source, a huge sum of Rs 72.53 crore has been approved for ecotourism in Melghat Tiger Reserve, including Katepurna and Dnyanganga wildlife sanctuaries. The board also approved grants to train over 200 guides and naturalists in Tadoba-Andhari (TATR), Navegaon-Nagzira (NNTR) nad pench tiger reserves. The Maharashtra State Pakshimitra Sanghatana has also been sanctioned Rs 1 Lakh for birds’ meet in Karad from November 23-24.

Of the 29 project plans approved, six are in Nashik, seven in Pune, two in Thane, five in Junnar, three in Amravati, two in Chandrapur district and other cities. The funds will be distributed over a period of 3 to 5 years.

The board has also approved Rs 17 crore for mangrove conservation project in Gorai and Dahisar and another Rs 96 lakh for vertical garden by way of oxygen pots.

MEDB official said Rs 2 crore will be spent to develop facilities at Udkhed Ganpati temple, beside Rs 1 crore for garden at Warora on forest land. In Aheri in Gadchiroli district, Rs 5 crore will be spent to develop Hanuman Tekdi (hills).

Officials said Hanuman Tedki and adjoining forest area many science and pristine sites of tourist interest. The present proposal aims at launching  a focused programme of organized ecotourism activities around the three clusters which includes river bank of Pranhita, Gond King palace, and Kamlapur elephant camp and science places on way to reaching this place.

In a first, Nashik division will set up a Bhaskaracharya mathematical garden at the cost of Rs 14.25 crore in Chalisgaon in Jalgaon district. Most of the ecotourism proposals include facilities for visitors at temple places, forts, and developing forests gardens.

In Chandrapur district, forest minister Sudhri Mungantiwar’s hometown, two proposals worth Rs 1.72 crore have been cleared for ecotourism sites at Shengaon and Warora.

Senior forest officer including APCCFs Sunil Limaye, Nitin Kakodkar, MK Rao, Vikas Gupta, MTDC’s Prashant Sawai, DFO Shriniwas Madbushi, member Arun Tikhe, Sanjay Karkare, Nishi Mukherjee, Dilip Chinchmalatpure and others were present.

Earlier, on February 22, the MEDB had approved tourism plans for 29 destinations worth Rs 40 crore. This included permission to bamboo parks and traning centre and nursery at Yavatmal on the lines of Wadali in Amravati and tourism proposals in Chikhaldara.


Source: timesofindia.com