Tourism boost for Koka: Rising from the ruins


After being exploited for more than 150 years for timber, tigers, and forest wealth, Koka, which was declared a wildlife sanctuary 11 months ago, is rising up from the ruins for the first time since 1879, when it was notified a reserve forest.

Over 100 sq km Koka, 75km from Nagpur in Bhandara district, was a shooting block during the British Raj. Many tigers were killed here and forest was exploited for resources till July 18, 2013, when it was notified as a sanctuary and taken back from Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM), a state government company engaged in commercial exploitation of timber.

Full report here Times of India


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