Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary all set to be spruced up
MYSURU: The Ranganathittu bird sanctuary, a popular tourist spot in southern Karnataka, is set to get a leg-up. The forest and tourism departments have roped in a private company to improve facilities at the sanctuary.
The Mysuru Wildlife Division and the tourism department have signed an agreement with the Sandur Manganese and Iron Ores Company (SMIOC), which will take up the task. SMIOC will spend Rs 73.77 lakh to improve basic facilities.
The tourist location will be provided basic amenities such as roads, drinking water, toilets, accommodation, vehicles, guides and food courts. The state government agencies will put up signboards of SMIOC in the vicinity.
The sanctuary, located on the bank of the Cauvery, attracts people from all over the country. More than 3 lakh tourists visit the place every year.
Ranganathittu, 20 km from Mysuru, is the biggest bird sanctuary in Karnataka. Ornithologists have spotted some 80 species of birds, including 20 migratory birds, at the sanctuary.
All the developmental activities will be undertaken as per the Forest Act. Tourism minister R V Deshpande will launch the programme in July.
The government has embarked on the programme to ensure quality infrastructure and facilities for tourists, and to encourage corporate-sector involvement in wildlife conservation, the Mysuru Wildlife Division deputy conservator of forest K Kamala said. While SMIOC will finance the activities, the tourism and forest departments will execute works.
Entry fee up
The government has increased entry fee for adults and decreased fee for children. The fee for adults has been raised from Rs 50 to Rs 60; and decreased from Rs 25 to Rs 15 for children.
June 21 2015
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