Environment

Bhanjanagar eco-tourism centre delights nature lovers

BERHAMPUR

An eco-tourism centre was opened near Bhanjanagar, 80 km from here, in Ganjam district recently. Bhanjanagara is the constituency of forest and environment minister Bikram Keshari Arukh.

Sprawling over vastg gallery reserve forest along Bhanjanagar-Phulbani road, the eco-tourism centre, Bana Bihar, has been developed on five hectares of forested land, reports The Times of India.

A children’s park, a trekking path, a medicinal plant garden, a timber house, a watchtower and at least five picnic spots besides a jetty near a water body have been developed in the centre. The most attractive spots in the centre are a ‘champa bana’ and a rose garden, where a number of these special flower trees have been planted.

The centre has been developed with an investment of 41 lakh. “We have planned to develop bamboo cottages in the centre in the next phase,” said divisional forest officer (DFO), Ghumusara North, Ramaswami P. Different migratory birds are seen in the water bodies near the Bana Bihar, he said.

Schoolchildren will know about wild animals and bird species when they visit the centre. The centre would also provide livelihood to the local people, the DFO said. It was the second eco-tourism centre in the constituency of the minister. The first eco-tourism centre was developed at Saluapalli, 75 km from Bhanjanagar. Though the project was completed three years ago, the flow of visitors has not picked up, official sources said.

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