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Wednesday, 30 December, 2020, 10 : 00 AM [IST]

Jharkhand to develop eco-tourism destinations

The state government, in its bid to promote Jharkhand as an eco-tourism destination, is trying to utilise its existing infrastructure at the popular forest and water bodies. As per the eco-tourism policy, the Tourism Department would facilitate activities to develop biodiversity rich areas of the state, promote eco-tourism and also conserve wetlands that shelter migratory birds from other parts of the country and the world.

For the development of tourists’ destinations as eco-tourism spots, the State Tourism Department is working under two policies: first Swadesh Yojana and second is retreat tourism, which is also known as spiritual/ wellness tourism.

Jharkhand Tourism Development Corporation (JTDCL) General Manager, Dr Alok Prasad said, “There are two centrally sponsored schemes for development of tourism in Jharkhand. First is the Prasad scheme under which religious /spiritual destinations in the State are developed. In Jharkhand under the Prasad scheme Deoghar is being developed. The second scheme is the Swadesh scheme under which rich flora and fauna areas of the State are being developed.”

He said, “Under the Swadesh scheme an eco-tourism circuit is being developed from Dimna Lake to Betla/Neterhat passing through Parasnath, Massanjore dam, Mccluskieganj, Patratu dam and Netarhat/Betla area. These areas will be developed as eco tourist spots.” 

Ecotourism means a sustainable form of tourism that allows the tourist to see the most pristine form of nature. Ecotourism encourages travellers to spend time in the lap of nature. Ecotourism as a concept is quite interesting. It not only allows you to get one step closer to nature, but also encourages conservation initiatives.

Apart from developing an eco-tourism circuit, the Tourism Department is going to host festivals/ functions in February to develop tourism as part of retreat tourism. Alok Prasad said, “As part of retreat tourism, the tourism department is going to host festivals/functions in February under which eco-tourism will be promoted.” 

The department is going to improve infrastructure facilities in these areas such as good accommodation and food for tourists. Also in these areas adventure sports will be promoted. In the connection retreat tourism will be promoted in Massanjore dam, Mccluskieganj, Patratu dam and Netarhat.

As this festival/function will be held during Covid pandemic period, special attention will be made in hygiene, cleanness and following social distancing norms.

The Covid-19 pandemic has severely impacted the tourism industry across the globe covering sectors like hospitality, tour operators, travel agents, air, land and sea transportation industry and others. The Department's priority is to once again give pace and momentum to the tourism industry in Jharkhand.

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