To promote the concept of eco-tourism in the state, Odisha Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra has recently approved 13 New Eco-Tourism spots and nature camps.
Chief Secretary Mahapatra approved 10 new spots for the development of eco-retreats with night stay facilities, and 3 new spots for development as nature-camp for the day tourists, an official said.
Speaking about this, the Chief Secretary said “Conservation of forest and nature is turning a sustainable treasure for the community, and promote that by all possible means”.
Additionally, he directed the departments to involve local communities in hospitality and upkeep of the spots so that they earn their livelihood and preserve the natural environs of the spots.
The new sites for setting up eco cottages approved in the meeting included Deomali hilltop in Koraput, Jakam of Kalahandi, Nawana of Similipal north, Silviculture garden of Phulbani, Muhana Muhana at Astaranga in Puri, Kotia in Koraput, Khadakhai dam in Rairangpur, Mahendragiri from Ganjam side in Berhampur, Kanjipani Ghat and Hadagarh dam in Keonjhar forest divisions.
With these 13 newly approved eco-tourism spots, the number now rose to 63 where previously the state had 50 eco-retreat spots.
Additionally, an Online booking facility has also been rolled out. So far, around ₹95 cr has been invested in the development of eco-destinations.