Tribune news service
Dehradun, November 22
The Corbett National Park in Uttarkhand will now get two new entry gates for visitors, which will be on the Garhwal side of the park.
Announcing this at a press conference in Dehradun yesterday, Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat disclosed that the first gate would be at Pakhro, the other gate at Sendhikhal Ratwadhang in the Kotdwar region of Pauri Garhwal district.
The opening ceremony for the opening of the two new entry gates will take place on November 27 in the presence of the Chief Minister. Harak Singh Rawat asserted that the opening of the entry gates from Kotdwar side of the Corbett park would boost the economy of Kotdwar.
“It has been a long-standing demand of the people of Kotdwar for opening of the gates of the park from the Kotdwar side. It was strange that while two thirds of the Corbett park is in Pauri Garhwal district but still there were no entry gates for the park in Kotdwar, that falls in Pauri Garhwal district. Finally, the demand has been fulfilled”, Harak Singh pointed out. He also added that wildlife safari would also be started from the Kotdwar gates.
He also held that his ministry was laying emphasis on eco-tourism and asserted that eco-tourism was meant to develop and promote environmentally sustainable, economically viable and socially and culturally responsible tourism in Uttarakhand. He said the Ecotourism Development Corporation of Uttarakhand that came into existence from March 2017 was focusing on ecotourism.
Harak Singh Rawat also asserted that the Forest Rest House-based ecotourism circuits were being developed in Uttarakhand. Under each circuit, a number of forest rest houses will be taken up. “Necessary infrastructure development will be made in and around these forest rest houses while promoting nearby places of tourist attraction. The main aim is to promote ecologically and culturally sustainable tourism while also augmenting tourism based livelihoods for local communities”, he added.
The two gates
Announcing this at a press conference in Dehradun, Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat disclosed that the first gate would be at Pakhro, while the other at Sendhikhal Ratwadhang in the Kotdwar region of Pauri Garhwal district.
The opening ceremony for the opening of the two new entry gates will take place on November 27 in the presence of the Chief Minister.
The opening of the entry gates from Kotdwar side of the Corbett park would boost the economy of Kotdwar.
Opening of the gates of the park from the Kotdwar side has been a long-standing demand of the people of Kotdwar
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