AP Tourism: Make necessary plans for eco-tourism development … CS Adityanath Das
Mr. Adityanath Das Chief Secretary has directed the state government to make necessary plans for the development of eco-tourism in the state as part of tourism development. The first meeting of the CS-chaired Eco-Tourism Development Committee was held on Monday at his office in the Secretariat.
Speaking on the occasion, CS Adityanath said that the government was laying a big platform for the development of eco-tourism in the state. They want to create a master plan for this. He said there are areas in the state suitable for eco-tourism. He said that steps should be taken to provide employment to the locals while developing eco-tourism. He said steps should be taken to ensure that the development of eco-tourism is not hampered. For this, the tourism department officials and the forest department officials want to work in coordination. CS Adityanath Das directed the concerned departmental officers to come up with full plans for the next meeting to be held on the 15th of next month.
Rajat Bhargav, Special Principal Secretary, State Tourism, said, “We are looking into the implementation of eco-tourism in the country in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Kerala.” Eleven areas in the state have been identified as conducive to eco-tourism development. We are planning to set up eco-restaurants and jungle lodges to attract tourists.
AP Tourism Development Corporation MD Praveen Kumar briefed CS through a power point presentation on the steps to be taken for the development of eco-tourism in the state. He said the state government was paying special attention to the development of eco-tourism in the state. As part of this, the state government has set up an eco-tourism committee with CS as the chairperson, special general secretary of the tourism department, environment and forest department secretary as vice-chairperson, AP Tourism Authority CEO Member Convener and officials from eight other departments.
He explained that the committee would identify the scenic forest areas in the state and take steps for the development of eco-tourism. The committee is preparing a master plan for setting up of cottages and hotels with infrastructure in the respective forest areas to attract tourists. Along with them we will encourage the management of adventure sports like trekking. Currently the state has 13 sanctuaries, one Tiger Reserve Forest and three National Parks. There are four eco-resorts under the aegis of APTDC. AP Tourism Development MD Praveen Kumar said that steps are being taken to develop eco-tourism by identifying some more forest areas.
The meeting was attended by AP Principal Chief Conservator Prateep Kumar, Municipal, AP Pollution Control Board officials and others.