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Local participation must for eco-tourism development: CS

BHOPAL: Chief Secretary R Parasuram has said that development of eco-tourism is possible only when local people and communities will cooperate and participate in it.

While addressing a workshop on eco-tourism in Seoni district on Saturday, Parasuram said that Eco-Tourism Board should constantly ensure innovations in the sector and attract domestic as well as foreign tourists.

The workshop was held by Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation at Kipling Court of the corporation. At the one-day workshop, discussions were held on latent potential of developing eco-tourism, future strategies and procedures in Madhya Pradesh.

The chief secretary said that apart from tiger tourism, cultural and religious tourism also need to be promoted in the state. He said that the Board and Forest Department both should pay attention to quality of services for expansion of eco-tourism. He said that bringing latent potential of eco-tourism in the field is useful not only for the state but also the country.

He laid emphasis on use of those efforts and innovations made for eco-tourism in Uttarakhand in Madhya Pradesh also as per state’s requirements.

Parasuram said that eco-tourism potential should be explored in Rukhad, Karmajhiri and Payali areas in Seoni district. He said that Forest Department should attract tourists through effective marketing of unparalleled opportunities and possibilities with a view to expanding wildlife tourism in Madhya Pradesh. He also directed Forest Department to develop new eco-development centres.