The Chhattisgarh State Government has opened the gates of forest reserves, national parks and Tiger reserves for the tourists since October 1 to encourage ‘Nature Tourism’ in the State.
Forest Protection and Conservation Week is also being observed in the State, officials stated, reports The Pioneer.
Chief Minister Raman Singh and Forest Minister Mahesh Gagda have appealed to the citizens and tourists to protect rich Bio-Diversity and wild animals.
It may be mentioned here that forests, national parks and Tiger reserves are open for the tourists till June 30, 2016. They have been thrown open on October 1, 2015.
There are two national parks, eight forest reserves and three Tiger reserves to conserve and protect wild animals. Apart from these Biosphere Reserve Achanakmar in Amarkantak is a notified area in Mungeli and Bilaspur districts.
The Crocodile Conservation Project is being carried out at Kotmi Sonar in Janjgir-Champa district. About 250 crocodiles are reared in a natural environment.
The Forest Department officials said that the citizens can enjoy the natural habitat from close quarters in the wild life reserves. The Kongorghati National Park in Bastar district is spread over 200 sq. km. Guru Ghasidas National Forest Reserve in Koriya in Surajpur district is spread in 1440 sq.km., Indrawati Tiger Reserve in Bijapur district is spread in over 2800 sq.km. Achanakmar Tiger Reserve in Mungeli and Bilaspur district is over 914 sq.km.