SUBJECT :Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who arrived at Valmikinagar in West Champaran district on Saturday to launch ecotourism package at Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) for the current tourist season, said several new initiatives have been planned to boost tourism at the place. 

Bagaha (Bihar), December 8, 2019: Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, who arrived at Valmikinagar in West Champaran district on Saturday to launch ecotourism package at Valmiki Tiger Reserve (VTR) for the current tourist season, said several new initiatives have been planned to boost tourism at the place.

Modi, who also holds the environment, forest and climate change portfolio, was accompanied by senior officials of the department, including principal secretary Dipak Kumar Singh. The deputy CM will launch the ecotourism facilities at the VTR on Sunday.

After holding a meeting with officials of VTR, forest and water resources department, the deputy CM said the newly develop eco park, ‘laxman (hanging) jhula’ and pathway along the Gandak river will be some of the special attractions at the tiger reserve.

“Around 52,000 tourists can be accommodated at any given time in 26 rooms with canteen, cottage, tent house and tree huts. The tourist can enjoy jungle safari and motorboat ride as well. Cultural shows will also be organized in the evening along with screening of movie on wildlife,” the deputy CM said.

He added that the tour packages, covering transportation from Patna and accommodation at the tiger reserve, are being offered at concessional rates.

Modi also held discussion with water resources department officials regarding transfer of land for development of a convention centre at VTR.

“The road from Rampur to Madanpur as well as NH-727 will be repaired soon. National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) wasgiven no-objection certificate for redevelopment of 6Km-long stretch of NH-727 between Madanpur and Uttar Pradesh border two year ago. However, nothing has been done yet. We have requested the NHAI officials to take up the project on priority basis,” he said.


Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com