Chandigarh, Mar23—Eco tourism is fast coming up in Haryana as the Central Government has so far sanctioned eco tourism projects involving an investment of Rs.10.42 crore for Haryana and the state Government is planning to constitute an Eco Tourism Society.
While stating this here on Wednesday, Haryana Forests Minister, Capt. Ajay Singh Yadav said that Haryana Forests Department has taken a lead in developing the very beautiful nature camps at Thapali, Lal Munia Rest House and Morni fort in Panchkula district and Kalesar, Bansantor, Herbal Park, Chuharpur in Yamuna Nagar district. Such facilities are also being planned for Bhondasi in Gurgaon district.Eco tourism would also increase the influx of foreign tourist in the state. In this way eco-tourism would facilitate the cause of employment generation, conservation of local culture and environment, development of forest and wild life and also a platform for international through the visiting tourists from other states of India.
Capt. Yadav said that the state Government was planning to constitute an Eco Tourism Society of Haryana for the management and upkeep of such assets. It would help the department in creating awareness for the development and protection of the forest and wildlife with the enhancement of local culture in a better way. It will also initiate a spark for sustainable development in the rural areas located close to the nature camps.
He said that eco tourism pertains to conscious and responsible efforts to develop, protect and preserve the local flora, fauna and culture. Eco tourism in India has grown significantly.Eco tourism will provide an economic incentive to conserve a community culture, natural environment, cultural heritage, a potential resource for creating awareness in the development and protection of forest and wild life in these areas. Job creating potential of ecotourism is tremendous and even illiterates can contribute a lot in this field. So it acts like an engine for sustainable growth.
Inception of eco tourism in Haryana is going to boost employment in rural areas, create awareness in the protection and development of environment, forest and wildlife. It may also serve as demonstration model for people interested in the development of similar facilities with a natural ambience in the rural set up for example banquet hall and camping facilities are going to be landmark for inception of the nature camps in the farmhouses and thus help in increasing the tree cover in the state.