Panaji: Goa Forest department is working on an ambitious plan of developing Jungle Safaris by creating habitats for the wildanimals.
State Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane told reporters that various initiatives including jungle safari, camping sites and other facilities would be developed within the wildlife sanctuaries by taking local population into confidence.
He said that the State Forest department officials will meet Union Ministry of Environment and Forest on August 08 in New Delhi to put up various proposals.
Rane said that the development of these facilities will be taken in a staged manner. “We want to develop Safari Parks in the state by introducing animals in big habitats. But that will not happen overnight. It may take ten years to develop such parks as eco system has to be developed,” he told reporters in Panaji.
The minister said that the State government does not want to create zoos in the state. “The existing Bondla Zoo will be taken up for upgradation with corporate funding. The funds will be pulled in from corporates but entire management of the facility will be with the Forest department,” Rane said.
The minister said that the site for Campo van would be created at Surla village in Sattari taluka which is located at a height while camping sites will be developed at Cotigao and Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuaries in South Goa.
He said all the development will be taken keeping in mind the interest of local communities who will be partnering in these projects.