The Goa government is working on an ambitious plan to organize jungle safaris, set up camping sites among other initiatives in its wildlife sanctuaries, State Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Friday.
Speaking to reporters, the state forestry minister said the facilities will be developed in the wildlife sanctuaries after gaining confidence from the local people. Officials from the state forest department will have a meeting with the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in New Delhi on August 8 to present various proposals, he said.
“We want to develop safari parks in the state by introducing animals to large habitats. But that won’t happen overnight. It can take 10 years to set up such parks because the ecosystem needs to be developed,” Rane said.
The state government does not want to establish zoos in the state, he said.
“The existing Bondla Zoo will be upgraded with funding from the company. While funds will come from the corporate sector, all management of the facility will be the responsibility of the Forest Department,” Rane said.
A site for Campo Vans will be created in Surla village in Sattari taluka, which is located high up, while camping sites will be developed in Cotigao and Mahavir wildlife sanctuaries in South Goa, it said. he declares.
These initiatives will be carried out keeping in mind the interest of the local communities, which will be partners in these projects, the Minister added.
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