Chhattisgarh’s Crocodile Conservation Centre will soon be a major tourist attraction
RAIPUR: The only Crocodile Conservation Centre of
Chhattisgarh at Kotmisonar village, 7-km away from Akaltara tehsil of
Janjgir-Champa district, will soon be developed as a major tourist attraction.
The Tourism Department of the state government has included the centre among
the identified tourist places.
A magnificent lake has been constructed on 85-acre
land of the Crocodile Conservation Centre, which has total 200-acre land. 200
crocodiles have been kept in this lake in a favourable natural atmosphere. 165
crocodiles have been trans-located from other places. Remaining ones have
already been there.
Kotmisonar is situated on the Mumbai-Howrah rail
route, where local trains halt. The Crocodile Conservation Centre is hardly
half km away from the railway station. It is 35 km away from Bilaspur on bus
route and 21 km on rail route. Because of favourable atmosphere, crocodiles
were already there in the Mudha Lake of the village. Apprehending loss of life
of people and cattle, the area has been selected for the Crocodile Conservation
Chief Minister Raman Singh had inaugurated the Centre
on May 6, 2006. According to the intention of the chief minister, the centre is
being developed as a tourist place. A knowledge park will also be developed
near the centre. The place will be significant for students for study tour.
In-charge of Crocodile Conservation Centre, deputy
ranger Umesh Jain said that 40-50 thousand tourists from other states and
countries visit the place every year. For the food arrangement of tourists, an
all facility restaurant and attractive swing for children have been put up
Jain said that for the safety of tourists, double
layer net fencing has been erected around the lake. A double-storey watch tower
with a video hall having a sitting capacity of 25 people has also been
constructed in the park. Short films of 10 minutes related to wildlife are
Every year, fish seeds are planted in the lake. When
the fish grew up, crocodiles make them their food. The deputy ranger said that
to make the lake attractive, four small islands have been constructed and Babul
trees have been planted there. Siberian birds reach here for four months. The
place is favourable for these winged visitors for breeding.