UP government has launched special eco-tourism packages for Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary last week. Deluxe buses for the same will run from Bahraich bus depot from Nov 17th. The Sanctuary is a part of the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve and is located in the Terai area of Bahraich district. It covers an area of 400 kms and was established in 1976.
UP Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav initiated the development of sanctuary into an eco-tourism centre last year. District magistrate Kinjal Singh told a meeting attended by officers of tourism, transport and forest departments that the special tour packages are to boost tourism flow to the forests in the state and increase incomes for nearby communities. In this case, handicraft of Tharu community living the villages adjoining the sanctuary are being showcased.
More facilities for tourists are in the offing. Special arrangements will be made for tourists on Saturdays and Sundays. ARTO has been ordered to arrange deluxe buses. School and college students will be encouraged to visit and be provided facilities.
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