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World Bank aid for eco-tourism

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HYDERABAD, JUNE 22. The Forest Department has decided to take up community-based eco-tourism projects in a big way with help from the World Bank. Ten spots in important protected areas have been identified to implement this project. Nagarjunasagar Srisailam Tiger Reserve, Manjeera Wildlife Sanctuary, Sri Venkateswara National Park, Kambalakonda Wildlife Sanctuary, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary and Katigi village in Viskhapatnam, Kuntala waterfalls in Adilabad and Tatipudi reservoir in Vizianagaram district are among the chosen areas.

S.K. Das, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, told presspersons here on Monday that the World Bank would release Rs. 80 lakhs for the project this year. Local people would be actively involved in forest management. They could be trained in catering and as tourist guides too, he said.

The department would provide more infrastructure and accommodation facilities at the eco-tourism centres. The charges had not been worked out yet, but they would be reasonable, Mr. Das said.

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