HYDERABAD: Soon, it will be possible for citizens to go for a safari drive into the wildlife just outside the city with the Government accepting the Forest Department proposals to develop an eco-tourism project inside the Mrugavani National Park with the help of a private agency.
Located at Chilkuru in Moinabad, (about 25 km from Hyderabad) and declared as National Park in 1994, the area is spread over 3.5 sq km, reports The Hindu.
It is the home to close to 600 species of plants and animals – foxes, black-naped hares, wild boars, Indian vipers and so on. The chosen agency, Laxmi Jyothi Eco-Tourism & Jungle Resorts Pvt. Ltd., has been permitted to bring visitors from the resort for a drive inside the National Park for viewing wildlife with a maximum of 90 trips to be allowed on a monthly payment of Rs. 10,000 to the Forest Department.
In the official orders issued recently, the developer has been directed to give a facelift to main entrance of the National Park like a ticket counter, security room, waiting lounge with washrooms and parking area. Designs would have to be approved in consultation with the Telangana State Forest Development Corporation Limited, and Chief Wildlife Warden (CWLW).
Apart from handing over a 20-seater vehicle for the safari drive to the Forest Department, the developer would be improving the existing cafeteria in the park and run it. The rates for the running the same would be decided later by the department’s steering committee.
The developer would be given preferential treatment for reservation of one cottage up to three months in advance and the second cottage can be reserved up to one month in advance (for week days only).