Punjab has proposed an eco-tourism project under Swadesh Darshan to the Indian government, for the development of different wetlands and protected areas.
Punjab tourism minister Sohan Singh Thandal said here on Tuesday that the state had proposed the development of nature trails, tourist infrastructure, and interpretation centres. The estimated cost is Rs 14 crore. The state government has notified Punjab Eco-Tourism Policy, 2009, under which it has proposed government-implemented and private-run projects.
The minister said the government had received six proposals for eco-tourism projects in Punjab, of which it had approved three — Metro Eco-green Resort, Pallanpur village, SAS Nagar; Kang’s Nirvana Resorts and Spa, Kang Farms, Mahilpur-Una road, Hoshiarpur; and Eco-Tourism Project, Siswan, SAS Nagar (to be implemented by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority).
The government has taken up eco-tourism project at 852-acre Keshopur community reserve, of which a major portion is wetland, where migratory birds land every year. Last year, the bird count was about 25,000 and it is increasing. The minister said the government would also develop board walk and interpretation centre at Ropar wetland and undertake facilitation works at the Chhatbir zoo.