Ministers Tulsi Silawat, Usha Thakur, Vijay Shah talking to forest department officials in Bhopal on Wednesday
Ministers Tulsi Silawat, Usha Thakur, Vijay Shah talking to forest department officials in Bhopal on Wednesday

Indore (Madhya Pradesh): Here is good news for nature and adventure lovers in Indore and nearby districts. Ecotourism-cum-adventure park is going to come up in Umrikheda near Indore even as the much-awaited night safari will also start in Ralamandal in a month.

A team of water resources minister and district incharge Tulsi Silawat, forest minister Vijay Shah, tourism and culture minister Usha Thakur and principal secretary (forest) Ashok Varnwal will visit Umrikheda and Ralamandal on June 30.

They held a meeting in Vallabh Bhawan on Wednesday and discussed about Ralamandal sanctuary and development of ecotourism park. Silawat said instructions have been given to prepare an action plan for setting up ecotourism park in Umrikheda. Shah said there are many possibilities for ecotourism in Indore and forest department is working on that.

“We will do site seeing in Umrikheda on June 30 and talk to local public representatives. We want to set up luxury tents for accommodation, adventure activities, walking and cycling trek in proposed ecotourism park. We want state’s commercial capital be recognised in ecotourism sector too,” said forest minister signalling that the park could be made on PPP model.

As for Ralamandal, Silawat also said that CCF and DFO have been instructed to prepare a detailed action plan for enhancing facilities. “They have been told to include butterfly park and food zone in action plan of Ralamandal sanctuary,” he added.

Thakur said night safari in Ralamandal sanctuary will increase attraction of people towards Indore. She said that there is immense potential for ecotourism in Mhow region too. “A detailed action plan for Mhow will also be made soon,” she added. Thakur went on to add that with connection Umrikheda, Simrol, Mhow and Indore city, a circuit of ecotourism can be prepared.

Varnwal stated that night safari will be allowed in Ralamandal as soon as the proposal comes from the district level. “A 15-feet high mesh should be installed in Ralamandal to prevent wild animals’ entry in residential areas,” he added.

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