Forest project at Devguradia hill on the cards for promoting ecotourism
The MP forest department has decided to start a city forest project to promote ecotourism in the hills of Devguradia on the outskirts of Indore, an official has said.indore Updated: Oct 24, 2016 12:27 IST
The MP forest department has decided to start a city forest project to promote ecotourism in the hills of Devguradia on the outskirts of Indore, an official has said.
The Devguradia hill will get a facelift to attract tourists to the spot, said RN Saxena, sub divisional officer (forest).
“The idea is to develop Devguradia as a city forest to boost ecotourism within close proximity of the city. It is a five-year long project to be completed in 2020,” he said.
Spread over several hectares, Devguradia hill will have a number of facilities for visitors apart developing a forest within the city.
“ We will soon provide camping facility at Devguradia where tourists can come and halt for a night in our air conditioned and non- air conditioned tents for a nominal price.”
Devguradia hill is often visited by visitors who also visit Ralamandal Sanctuary.
Saxena further said that the department also plans to promote trekking at the spot. With such facilities, the department is positive about getting a good response from the people.
“This apart, a 4.5 km walking track, jogging and cycling track will be laid for visitors, use of which will be free of cost,” he said.
“When people can go to posh resorts for a night’s stay, they can also come to Devguradia and enjoy the facilities that we have to offer them.”
Devguradia will also boast herbal forest with different kinds of plants, including medicinal plants and ornamental shrubs and nakshatra forest for conversation of more than 130 species of flora and fauna.
The project cost will around Rs 2 crore and will be constructed in collaboration with the Indore Municipal Corporation, Indore Development Authority and residential societies of the neighbourhood.