Nature & Wildlife

Rs 30-cr plan for boosting tourism in Radhanagari

KOLHAPUR

The wildlife division of the forest department has prepared a development plan for boosting tourism in Radhanagari wildlife sanctuary for the next five years. The Rs 30-crore plan will be placed before the district planning and development council for approval and submitted to the state government and Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation thereafter for seeking funds.

The plan encompasses displaying rich biodiversity and wildlife of Radhanagari before the tourists and also developing religious locations in the area. It highlights the need of road development, purchasing two mini buses to take the tourists to the sanctuary and establishing tent facilities among many other provisions.

The forest department, which recently prepared the plan, has allocated maximum Rs 4.5 crore for home stay development, followed by Rs 2.85 crore for purchasing 10 boats to start boating facility in Radhanagari and Kalammawadi dams. Besides, as many as 24 different heads have also been planned for tourism development.

The plan was prepared on Radhanagari MLA Prakash Abitkar’s demand, who asked the department to come up with a concrete idea for his constituency, which is in the hilly Sahyadri ranges of Western Ghats. a

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