Tourism development in buffer zones of tiger reserves

Rs. 93 crore received from centre under Swadesh Darshan Yojana

Forest Minister Dr. Shejwar thanks Mr. Mahesh Sharma

Bhopal, October 13, 2015 (Ataullah Faizan):  Union Ministry for Tourism has endorsed the proposal for tourism development activities in buffer zones of 5 major tiger reserves in the state. Forest Minister Dr. Gaurishankar Shejwar informed that Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has declared 2015 as Tourism Year. In view of it, State Tourism Development Corporation had sent proposal of Swadesh Darshan Yojana for development of Wildlife Tourism Circuit in tiger reserves of the state to the Central Government. Dr. Shejwar has expressed gratitude towards Union Tourism Minister Mr. Mahesh Sharma for sanctioning Rs. 93 crore for development of Wildlife Tourism Circuits. The Minister informed buffer zones of 5 tiger reserves including Panna, Bandhavgarh, Kanha, Sanjay and Pench have been included in the project. For eco-tourism expansion, camping, trekking, natural trek and sight-seeing activities will be held for tourists. Machan, Pagoda, tree-hut, tree-house etc. will be made so that tourists can fully enjoy their stay amidst nature.

Dr. Shejwar informed that there is immense tourist pressure on all national parks and tiger reserves in the state. As per Centre’s rules, a specific number of tourists can be allowed in reserves. Due to it, large number to tourists remain deprived of entry into forest areas. With permission for tourism in buffer zones, tourists will be able to enter forest areas and see tigers and other wild animals, he added.