05 November, Bhubaneswar
Odisha government has proposed to develop an eco tourism site at Muduligadia under Chhamundia forest range of Mahanadi Wildlife Division in Nayagarh district on the river bed of Mahanadi.
The site will be developed with an objective to promote ecotourism, generate awareness among people about forest and wildlife and to provide alternative livelihood to forest dependent communities in Satkosia Tiger Reserve.
State Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh Thursday said the eco tourism site has been christened as Satkosia Sands Resort and would be developed at a cost of Rs 9 lakh.
While Rs six lakh would be spent for the construction of anti-poaching barracks which would function as anti-poaching camps as well as reception centre for eco tourism, Rs 2 lakh would be utilized for creating alternative livelihood to forest dependant communities and Rs one lakh for solar fencing.
The project would be managed by Eco-development Committee of Muduligadia Village. Under the project three tent cottages would be set up on the sand bar of Mahanadi river enclosed by bamboo fencing.
The project would operate from December to January. At the ecotourism site the tourists could go for fishing by angling, enjoy camp fire on sand bank, river cruise for 45 minutes in the buffer zone of river Mahanadi and nature trail of 3 kms along the river Mahanadi within the forest.
The Minister said life saving jackets would be provided to all tourists for safety during boating. One boat man and one eco-guide will accompany the tourists for describing the flora and fauna along the river during the period.
He said the river cruise will be run by the Eco Development Committee of Malisahi village and the revenue generated from the eco tourism will be distributed in 30:70 ratio between the Eco tourism Development Committee and Satkosia Foundation.
The river cruise was inaugurated by Mr Arukh at a function here yesterday. Arukh said though only one boat was available for boating now two more would be added soon for the convenience of the tourists.