Column: We Should Look Past Puri and Gopalpur

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By Ashutosh Mishra

Bhubaneswar: Among the many main vacationer points of interest of the state the seashores at Puri and Gopalpur have been rated because the second and fourth most clear within the nation respectively in a survey carried out by the Nationwide Centre for Coastal Analysis ( NCCR), an institute functioning below the Ministry of Earth Sciences. The findings ought to heat the cockles of tourism division mandarins.

However the credit score for correct upkeep of those seashores goes to the native administrations, particularly the municipal authorities tasked with the cleanliness of areas falling below their jurisdiction. Tourism division solely advantages from their efforts. Whereas there may be nothing incorrect with benefiting from good scenario officers in command of tourism promotion ought to attempt to concentrate on selling a number of different locations that might be of curiosity to individuals visiting Odisha to discover its pure magnificence.

Chandrabhaga and Ramchandi are two different better-known seashores of Odisha, each positioned alongside the Konark-Puri marine drive. They’re distinctive in their very own methods and thronged each day by droves of fun-loving vacationers. However the tourism division’s efforts needs to be directed at bringing into limelight the numerous smaller seashores that are but to be explored absolutely. Considered one of these is the Baliharichandi seashore between Puri and Satpada. It’s a fascinating stretch of sand throughout stands of casuarina timber.

Seashores are solely one of many many points of interest of Odisha. The state has lovely forests and charming wildlife sanctuaries other than dozens of waterfalls that should be promoted as vacationer locations way more aggressively. Sadly, now we have even did not showcase our main water our bodies like Chilika correctly. The lake has hardly something new to supply to the guests besides boat rides that are extra rewarding through the winter when each birds and dolphins may be seen in massive numbers.

The reality is eco-tourism remained uncared for in Odisha even when states like Kerala have been cashing in on it in a giant manner. Our authorities began taking it significantly just a few years in the past with the consequence that now we have been lagging behind many others on this discipline. In the previous few years, the one main effort on this path has been the drive to develop eco-tourism locations at 30 locations throughout 22 districts within the state. The federal government put aside a sum of Rs.7.7 crore for infrastructure improvement on the eco-tourism websites.

The undertaking has resulted in locations like Mangaljodi on the banks of the well-known Chilika lake witnessing important vacationer infrastructure improvement. The place thronged by hen lovers through the winter now boasts of a state-of-the-art hen interpretation centre which guarantees to be a giant draw. Nature trails are additionally being developed in some essential locations.

The undertaking additionally envisages the event of different eco-tourism websites like Barakhandia and Dhodrokusum below the Hirakud wildlife division, Kumari and Jamuani below Baripada wildlife division, Deras and Godibari below the Chandaka wildlife division and Tarava and Chhotkei below the Satkosia wildlife division. Work is at a complicated at most of those locations which ought to be capable to appeal to extra vacationers in future. For tourism in Odisha to develop we want extra such initiatives.

(DISCLAIMER: That is an opinion piece. The views expressed are the writer’s personal and don’t have anything to do with OTV’s constitution or views. OTV doesn’t assume any accountability or legal responsibility for a similar)

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