Published on : Monday, March 22, 2021
At Bandipur Tiger Reserve, the State Tourism Department is thinking deeply on providing basic amenities like toilets, drinking water and good accommodation facilities to the visitors. Even though the Tiger Reserve is under the control of the Forest Department, Tourism Department would provide the aforementioned facilities to get more revenues in co-ordination with the Forest Department.
On Thursday, this was made public in the Legislative Assembly by C.P. Yogeeshwar, the Minister for Tourism, Environment and Ecology. He was responding to a question raised by MLA Niranjan Kumar.
He explained that the Tourism Department in the State Budget received good grants and has been received by and to spend the allocations in the right manner and attract tourists in greater numbers, the Tourism Department will provide facilities, he said.
Tourists have often raised their voice in regard to the dearth of facilities inside the Tiger Reserve that every year welcomes thousands of safari-goers. Majority of the grievances have emphasized lack of bathrooms and drinking water. Dearth of proper sign boards in reaching the cottages and no network services, creating tremendous problem to contact anyone.
The tourists have complained that in the cottages dirty linen, blankets in spite of high staying safari charges. For both affordable and luxurious stay, Bandipur has fewer options. And with the Government taking disciplinary actions against illegal resorts around Bandipur and Gopalaswamy Betta, the inconvenience of tourists has only increased as a result.
There are basic facilities like parking and easy connectivity to safari-goers at Melukamanahalli Gate and Gopalaswamy Betta, the Minister replied.
“In the Tourism Development Committee meeting held for 2019-2020 season there was a proposal to improve facilities at Bandipur at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.27 crore. The proposal has been submitted to the Department,” he said adding “Though we cannot allow private resorts to come up around Bandipur, we have been taking every step to improve the infrastructure. We hope this will attract more tourists in the coming days.”