Online booking for accommodation at eco-tourist spots in Odisha soon

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has decided to put in place a centralized online system for advance booking of accommodations at eco-tourist spots within two months.

This was decided in a high level meeting presided over by chief secretary Aditya Parsad Padhi at the State Secretariat here on Wednesday.

The chief secretary directed the Forest & Environment department to develop suitable facilities in the existing eco-tourist spots before taking up new spots for development.

He also directed to ensure active involvement of local committees in preservation and promotional activities so that people get alternative means of livelihood from the tourism activities.

Briefing newsmen after the meeting, principal secretary, Forest & Environment, Suresh Chandra Mohapatra said 20 eco-tourism sites have been taken up and 40 new destinations have been identified for development. Target has been set to develop all these spots within five years with investment of around Rs 100 crore. The accommodation facilities for 15 to 20 families will be developed in each major spot.

The existing sites already taken up for development include Dangmal, Habalikhati, Gupti, Barunei and Kalibhanjdia of Rajnagar Wildlife Division; Bramhapura, Rajhans, Balugaon and Mangalajodi of Chilika Wildlife Division; Barehipani, Joranda, Sitakund, Lulung etc of Similipal Tiger Reserve, Tikarpada, Binikei and adjacent spots in Satkosia Wildlife Division, Barakhandia of Hirakud Wildlife Division; Kuldiha and Bichitrapur of Balasore Wildlife Division; Maraguda of Sunabedha Wildlife Division; Deras, Godibari and Jhumuka of Chandaka Wildlife Division; Balichandi, Ramchandi, Nuanai etc of Puri Wildlife Division; Badmul of Mahanadi Wildlife Division; Gadchandi and Zero Point in Hadgarh sanctuary, Mahavinayak, Olasuni and Dhaltangarh of Cuttack Forest Division, Manchabandha , Devkundu, Samibrikhya and Machkandana of Baripada Wildlife Division, Jamunai of Rairangpur Wildlife Division within Similipal Tiger Reserve, Saptasjya of Dhenkanal and Gandahati and Khasada water fall in Lakhary Valley sanctuary of Paralakhemundi Forest division.

Apart from these, 40 new eco-tourist spots have been identified in these forest and wildlife divisions.