Forest and environment minister of the Uttar Pradesh government Dara Singh Chauhan has declared his intention of developing Purvanchal as a eco-tourism hub.
Chauhan said that the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has shown interest in this endeavour.”The Chief Minister has rejuvenated the neglected vast natural lake Ramgarh. This lake will lead to eco-tourism of Purvanchal in the coming days,” he said.
Chauhan was presiding over the eighth session of the three-day national webinar and seminar organised under the joint aegis of the Planning Department and Gorakhpur University in the Gorakhpur University campus here today.
The Forest Minister said eco-tourism would be promoted in Ramgarh lake in Gorakhpur, Bakhira Tal of Santakbirnagar, Sohgibarva of Maharajganj, Kempti fall of Mussoorie of Sonbhadra among others. Tiger Rescue Center and Vulture Conservation Center are being established in Maharajganj. The Gorakhpur zoo would be opened to visitors in January.
Chauhan informed that the state government’s plan is to promote rural tourism which would lead to income generation among forest dwellers. He said in the last three years, the tourist footfall has increased up to 20 times at eco-tourism sites in the state.
The keynote speaker of the session Principal Secretary, Forests Mr Sudhir Garg said that a new door to income generation can be opened for the forest dwellers by developing the facility of stay home in these forest villages. Garg also said there is a lot of potential for eco-tourism and adventure tourism in Purvanchal, rich in natural beauty of pools. The Principal Secretary also stressed the need to take steps to check climate change. He said the need of the hour is to plant more and more trees to reduce the risks of climate change.