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?Kerwa has immense eco-tourism potential?

KERWA DAM near Bhopal has immense potential of being developed as a world-class eco-tourism spot and there is strong need to formulate and implement an effective strategy for the same.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 14:21 IST

KERWA DAM near Bhopal has immense potential of being developed as a world-class eco-tourism spot and there is strong need to formulate and implement an effective strategy for the same.

Van Vihar National Park Bhopal Director Dr A K Bhattacharya expressed this view while presenting a lecture on `Eco tourism in MP’ at the Press Information Bureau office here today.

Dr Bhattacharya stated that Madhya Pradesh was blessed with dense forests, wildlife, perennial rivers, water bodies, mountains and all other ingredients required for developing eco-tourism here. He emphasized that no other state had so much bio-diversity available as MP did.

Dr Bhattacharya also informed about an ambitious scheme to develop Bhopal and adjoining areas as a major eco tourism hub. He added that besides Kerwa, Narsinghgarh, Ratapani, Barrusot and other places in the state also had immense potential for eco tourism.

The only need was to formulate effective strategies and techniques to create eco tourism hubs there, pointed out Dr Bhattacharya. He informed that the major salient features of eco-tourism was that the local community’s needs and preferences were safeguarded as well as the conservation of environment was given top priority.

Renowned wildlife author and expert Ghanshyam Saxena presided over the function that was attended by several media persons and eco-tourism enthusiasts.

First Published: Feb 11, 2006 14:21 IST