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12 September 2016

New Delhi: Madhya Pradesh (MP) Tourism in coordination with the State Forest Department will open more reserve forests for tourism by creating recreational areas within the natural habitat.  The Forest Department of MP has already notified almost 15 such areas for recreational activities, as per Hariranjan Rao, MD, Madhya Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC), and will be opening more areas for tourism- related activities.
“MP has so much of forest wealth and wildlife beyond the national parks and notified sanctuaries. We are not tinkering with the Wildlife Protection Act,” said Rao. The decision to open reserve forests for recreation for tourists is that of the Forest Department, he said. MP Tourism will be playing the role of a facilitator. While MP Tourism itself will be setting up activity centres at few such places, the Department will also be inviting private players to invest in such places, he added. Rao was speaking at a curtain raiser event for forthcoming MP Travel Mart scheduled from October 14 to 16, in Bhopal.
Talking about the investment opportunities in the state, Rao said that the Tourism Policy is in the final stages and the Tourism Cabinet of the State will consider the policy at its meeting on September 20, before final announcement. Madhya Pradesh is the only state in the country where there is a dedicated Tourism Cabinet, he added.
Rao said that a Master Plan for the tourism development of Hanumantiya is in the final stages of notification.  Houseboats, speed boats, etc. will be introduced in Hanumantiya with due consideration for the carrying capacity, he said. Similarly, more pieces of land will be identified for development of resorts at Indira Sagar.  Club Mahindra has taken two plots from Madhya Pradesh Tourism for setting up resorts after the last RFP, he informed.
Commenting on the Incredible India Tourism Investors’ Summit, which the Ministry of Tourism is organising in Delhi, Rao said that Madhya Pradesh Tourism is a major partner in the meet and will be showcasing investment opportunities in the heritage hotels and availability of land banks for tourism investments in the state.