The Odisha government has decided to develop 30 nature tourism spots across the state.
These spots will be located mainly on the banks of the Chilika lake and Mahanadi river apart from the Similipal and Bhitarkanika national parks.
A few of them will also come up close to wildlife sanctuaries and reserve forests.
The decision was taken at the meeting of Eco-Tourism Board held here today.
An action plan with an estimated cost of Rs 21 crore for 2016-17 to develop the nature tourism spots was approved by the board.
The state government has come up with a revised tourism policy to woo investors for tourism projects.
Odisha, which has 31 per cent forest cover and rich flora and fauna, has immense nature tourism potential. The state is home to 86 species of mammals, 473 bird species and 110 reptile species, an official said.
Official sources said the state government was keen to promote tourism, as it is employment intensive, low cost and environment friendly. Chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, while chairing the board meeting, advised the officials to create more employment opportunities for local youths through these projects.
The spots included Mangalajodi and Berhampura under Chilika wild life ( WL) division, Barakhandia and Dhodrokusum under Hirakud WL division, Kumari and Jamuani under Baripada WL , Deras and Godibari under Chandaka WL, Bichitrapur and Rissia under Baleswar WL, Bedmul under Mahanadi WL, Tarava and Chhotkei under Satkosia WL, Daringibadi and Belghar under Baliguda WL, Nuanai under Puri WL, Anjar and Kanjipani under Keonjhar WL, Dangmal under Rajnagar WL, Barbara under Khordha WL, Ansupa under Athgarh WL, Mandasaru under Phulbani WL, Ramatirtha under Similipal WL, Gudugudia under Karanjia WL, Chahala under Similipal WL, Saluapali and Lasing under Ghumsur North WL, Jacum under Kalahandi South WL and Bhimdungri under Bolangir WL division.
It was also decided to prepare a master plan for comprehensive development of the spots.
Courtesy: The Telegraph India