Eco tourism project caught in red tape

  • S. Harpal Singh
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Tourism and Forest Depts. fail to see eye to eye on land allotment in forest

Fund crunch: The deer rehabilitation centre in Kawwal Wildlife Sanctuary in Adilabad. - PHOTO: G. RAJESHWARA CHARY
Fund crunch: The deer rehabilitation centre in Kawwal Wildlife Sanctuary in Adilabad. - PHOTO: G. RAJESHWARA CHARY

It will indeed be a sorry affair if the much needed eco-tourism project at Kawwal Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in Adilabad continues to get delayed over procedural glitches.

While the Tourism Department, the funding agency, wants to execute the works on its own, the Forest Department claims the venture can only be implemented by it as per relevant conservation laws. An eco-tourism programme for KWS was planned a couple of years back in view of the high tourism potential that this 900 square kilometre environmental haven has in Adilabad.

The developmental activity includes construction of resorts for nature lovers to stay in.

Land issue

According to the plan, about 4 acres of land is needed for the resorts to come up. Only a couple of pieces of government land will be available for the purpose as regulations forbid allocation of land in reserve forests for construction activity.

Sources say, the Tourism authorities have vetoed selection of these land pieces as they prefer the resorts to be located inside the jungle. The custodians of the reserve forest however, plead inability to concede to this wish due to regulations.

The issue needs to be solved immediately to provide the ever increasing number of nature lovers with proper tourism infrastructure. Besides accommodation, there is a need for good eateries to come up desirably at Jannaram which is the headquarters of KWS.

Proper infrastructure

While watch towers exist at Dostnagar, Dongapally, Rampur and Gandigopalpur, suitable lighting arrangements should be made at these locations.

The deer rehabilitation centre, which attracts tourists, also needs to be allocated sufficient funds for proper upkeep.

The absence of proper tourism infrastructure has not diminished the popularity of the place.

About 20 groups of nature lovers from Hyderabad descend upon the place every weekend just to have a glimpse of beautiful peacocks, spotted deer, Nilgai, wild boar or the sloth bears in their natural habitat.



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