Odisha to invest Rs 21 crore to develop 30 eco-tourism spots

InsertOdisharThe government of Odisha recently approved an action plan to develop 30 eco-tourism spots in the state. The plan for 2016-17 fiscal with an estimated cost of Rs 21 crore was approved in the eco-tourism board by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi.

The Chief Secretary has advised the Forests and Environment Department to create more employment opportunities for local youths through these projects. The projects have to be planned on self-sustaining mode. It has been  decided to keep the nature tourism spots open throughout the year. The government will work on preparing a master plan for the comprehensive development of these spots.

The Chief Secretary further advised the department to publicise the spots through tour operators, websites, and hoteliers at national and international forums. Sidhant Das, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests had also informed that nature-tourism spots can be made online through its official website.