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Pilikula Nisargadhama to be promoted as tourist centre

By Jaideep Shenoy

MANGALORE, OCT. 7. Pilikula Nisargadhama at Mudushedde village will emerge as a hub of activities related to culture, health, heritage and tourism. The society managing its affairs, headed by Deputy Commissioner, Arvind Shrivastava, has taken steps to promote it as a major centre of tourist and cultural attraction.

In an informal chat with The Hindu at Pilikula Nisargadhama near here on Thursday, Mr. Shrivastava said that plans drawn up to promote an a<149>yurveda centre and treatment unit and heritage and artisan village were in advanced stages of implementation.

Ayurveda centre

Stating that the society was looking for a "<149>reliable partner"<149> to manage the a<149>yurveda centre and the treatment block, he said that it had set up two model dwelling units, one general and another suite <149>type accommodation to showcase its potential to prospective promoters. This facility would be shared based on a memorandum of understanding with the promoter, he noted.

Heritage village

On the heritage village, he said a that <149>committee headed by folk scholar,<149> B.A. Viveka Rai,<149> would give suggestions on the modalities of implementation. There was a plan to model the village on the lines of a museum, which would store artefacts representing a broader cross-section of local culture and heritage, giving glimpse of local history to visitors.

A master craftsman would steer the activities at the artisan village. Mr. Shrivastava said that the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat had taken up this as a special project under Swarna Jayanthi Swarozgar Yojana at a cost of Rs. 1.75 crores. Efforts would also be made to set up a <149>special sales counters to market products manufactured at the village on lines of a "Haat" at Delhi.

The Department of Tourism had taken the lead in promoting the H<149>eritage village as well as the a<149>yurveda centre and treatment block at a cost of Rs. 1.75 crores and Rs. 50 lakhs respectively. In addition, it would also spend Rs. 54 lakhs to promote tourism at Pilikula Nisargadhama, he said.

The Director of the Biological Park at the Nisargadhama, Jayaprakash Bhandary, said that the park had received two panther cubs,<149> abandoned by its mother on the fringes of a forest at Hebri in Udupi district.

Mr. Bhandari said these cubs were handed over by the Department of Forests to the park and were being taken care of by the Nisargadhama staff. The cubs include one male, he added.

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