SUBJECT :Nestled in the lap of Satpura mountain range, the Nandurbar district, located on the Gujrat border, is likely to have a flourishing eco-tourism project that will boost forest trails, boating, and botanical gardens among other attractions. 

Nashik, January 25, 2019: Nestled in the lap of Satpura mountain range, the Nandurbar district, located on the Gujarat border, is likely to have a flourishing eco-tourism project that will boost forest trails, boating, and botanical gardens among other attractions.

“The eco-tourism project along the bank of Narmada River will not only bring tourist to the pristine locations, but, at the same time, it will also boost the economy of the locals,” collector of Nandurbar district, Mallinath Kalshetti, said.

 Various governments had prepared a plan that was presented to state finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, during the meeting held on Thursday at divisional headquarters, Nashik.

“The eco-tourism, with all due permission from the respective agencies, is being planned in the district and we have sought the help from the state government to see the project through. The project will be so designed that it will link ‘State of Unity’ in Gujarat to the district’s tourist destination- Toranmal” Kalshetti added. “The statue is one-and-a-half-hour boat ride away from Toranmal.”

The primary works include construction of jetties at Manibeli, Bhusha and Udadya villages, on the banks of the Narmada.

There is a road way up the walls of the Sardar Sarovar dam near Narmada canal. Once readied, the tourist from Maharashtra can visit any of these destinations. The travel time to Statue of Unity will be cut to two hours against five hours by road.

“The boating facility being planned will bring the tourists from Narmada wall to Toranmal. The tourists will be able to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Narmada, enjoy the journey before getting down at any of the three jetties,” Ganesh Randive, assistant conservator of forests, Nandurbar said.

Among other things planned are the forest trails in Nandurbar district, watch towers for public and forest department, pagodas, forest gardens hosting rare and medicinal plants, herbs and waterfall view point at Bilgaon waterfall etc.

“We had sought Rs 1.5 crore for the projects from finance minister. The minister instructed us to include other things like water conservation projects etc in the project. Now, the plan will be submitted to the government with the revised estimates, which may go upto Rs 2.5 crore,” the offer said.


Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com