In an endeavor to boost the ecotourism in the state, the Odisha government will chalk out a master plan. For this the state government has constituted a committee headed by U N Behera, the Development Commissioner.
The Secretaries of tourism department and forest department would be the members of the committee on ecotourism. The government has approved annual action plan of Rs 4.37 crore for the year 2015-16 to carry out the master plan.
The chief secretary Gokul Chandra Pati has reviewed the process of ecotourism projects in a meeting the other day. Pati said that wildlife conservation and ecotourism would be integrated through active participation of the community
Odisha government has asked the Odisha Eco-tourism Development Board to develop software that would be a single window e-platform for tourists to get passes online.
Considering the safety for tourists, all the boats in eco-tourist destination to be registered and insured and asked the boat owners to install the GPS tracking devices in their boats.
The state government has identified the tourist destination – Chandka, Nandankanan, Debrigarh, Satkosia, Kuldiha, Similipal, Bhitarkanita and Chilika, to provide more facilities and services.
The government would develop eco-tourist destinations like Rajhans, Mangalajodi, Saptasaya, Ansupa, Balikhand, Satapada and Bramhapura.
The eco-tourists destinations like Bramhapura, Satapada, Balikhand, Ansupa, Saptasaya, Mangalajodi and Rajhans have been taken up for development.