DEHRADUN, Nov 23
Uttarakhand is all set to show Kotdwar eco tourism development circuit as one of its biggest achievements so far. The state government completes eight month in office and certainly it was to portray itself as pro people.
Union Minister for environment and forest Harsh Vardhan will be in Kotdwar on Nov 27 to open two new entry gates for visitors, which will be on the Garhwal side of the park. So far the sole gate to entry Corbett is in Ramnagar in Kumaon region.
The entire economy of Ramnagar revolves around Corbett. The entire safari vehicles for the Corbett operate from Ramnagar. The township also has large number of hotels, lodges and rest houses opened by locals. These places are mostly found packed due to heavy rush of tourists.
The opening of two gates of the Corbett at Kotdwar is also due to personal initiative of Uttarakhand Forest Minister Harak Singh Rawat, who represents Kotdwar assembly constituency in the house.
As Kotdwar is at a shorter distance from Delhi than Ramnagar so it is quite but natural that most of the tourists will prefer entering Corbett through Kotdwar and thus giving big benefit to the Kotdwar residents and give a boost to the economy of the region. While the first gate would be at Pakhro, the other gate at Sendhikhal Ratwadhab in Kotdwar.
Apart from Union environment minister, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and forest minister Harak Singh Rawat will be taking part in the new gates opening ceremony.
Ecotourism Development Corporation of Uttarakhand that came into existence from March 2017 was focusing on ecotourism and was instrumental in ensuring opening of two new gates of Corbett park. Significantly, Forest Rest House-based ecotourism circuits were being developed in Uttarakhand and Kotdwar is an integral part of this project.