Thursday, March 18, 2010

Ambardi to be second lion safari

Ambardi to be second lion safari
Times of India

It is official now. The state government has announced in Assembly that Ambardi would be developed as a second safari park for the Asiatic lion. Replying to a question by Dhari MLA Mansukh Bhuva, the government said the Central Zoo Authority of India (CZAI) had given its approval for the second safari in Ambardi in May 2008.

The government said nothing has so far been spent on the project, but it was preparing a plan. It said that once the plan was ready, the work would soon begin in the area.

Forest officials said Ambardi would be the second interpretation zone and would be on similar lines as that of Devaliya near Sasan. This will create a whole new tourist circuit from Amreli to Kodinar via Tulsishyam which would be a shorter route. Officials said this would promote eco-tourism in Amreli district which is just 60 km from Diu.

The officials said this would be a good site as it would shorten the route to Diu for those wanting to see the lion and head for Diu. One of the reasons for selecting this site is that Khodiyar dam is close by, so there would be no water shortage.

Forest officials said the Centre had cleared the project but the Gujarat government was delaying the project for want of funds. The revised proposal which the forest department has sent to the state finance department was of Rs 14 crore. This was because of the escalation of the costs. The officials said the new interpretation zone would have a cafeteria, a reception centre, theatre and parking facilities for the visitors.

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