UP puts night safari project on fast track
In order to boost tourism, the state government has taken the night safari project in Greater Noida out of cold storage.india Updated: May 29, 2012 23:40 IST
In order to boost tourism, the state government has taken the night safari project in Greater Noida out of cold storage.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has issued instructions to speed up the project and constituted a committee headed by chief secretary Javed Usmani to monitor the progress. He has also directed the Greater Noida authority to ensure time-bound implementation by going ahead with the bidding process to select a developer.
In 2005, Singapore-based and world-renowned zoologist and natural planner Bernard Harrison & Company had prepared the plan when Akhilesh's father Mulayam Singh Yadav was chief minister. Harrison has been instrumental in setting up of night safaris in Singapore and China. But during the past five years of the Mayawati regime, the project almost remained shelved.
"The project will create environment awareness and offer recreation to residents, besides boosting tourism in Greater Noida. It will be developed on the lines of open zoological gardens in China and Singapore," said a Greater Noida authority official.
"A train will take visitors to animals in the open wilderness. Proper arrangement will be made to see the animals in the night," he said. The animal watching hours will be from 7 pm to midnight. The nocturnal park will be home to a total of 71 species of animals.
This will be first-of-its-kind project in the country. After China, Thailand and Singapore, it will be one of the biggest night safari parks. Acting high commissioner of Singapore Jonathan Tow and first economic secretary Chen Kah Mei discussed the plan with state government officials in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Industrial development commissioner (IDC) Anil Kumar Gupta said the government would provide land for the project and the developer would invest money. Already 102 hectares of land has been earmarked and approved for “recreational green”. The central zoo authority and the Supreme Court have also given a green signal to the project.
No commercial or housing activity will be allowed within the safari area.
A train will take visitors to animals in the open wilderness. Proper arrangement will be made to view animals during the night. The animal watching hours will be from 7pm to midnight. The nocturnal park will house a total of 71 species of animals.
No commercial or housing activity will be permitted within the safari area, which was proposed to encompass outdoor natural setting for 40% animals of the Indian sub-continent and 60% from outside. The project will also have entrance plaza, night safari ride soft drive, lions of Tsavo-hard drive, Indian trail and Amazon trail.
Rs 600-cr project was planned to be developed on 400 acres in village Murshidpur. A zoological park was to be developed on 250 acres and the remaining land was to be used for motel, casino, bar, restaurant and other facilities.