Nagpur: The ambitious Gorewada Zoo project, being dubbed as the significant development in boosting eco tourism in Nagpur, has been progressing at snail’s pace, thanks to the ignorant state government. The state government on Tuesday released a meagre amount of Rs25 crore for 2017-18 for development of Gorewada International Zoo. The money has been released for primary and major construction works of the attractions like Indian Safari, which will be built by the government itself.
At a recent meeting in Mumbai, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis reviewed the progress of the zoo and asked the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) to complete the Indian and Night Safaris by December 2018. On April 25, a major hurdle of forest clearance in the development of the zoo was removed with Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) granting clearance to the project for over 70 hectares, where construction will come up.
The Rs435 crore project is to be constructed on public-private partnership (PPP) basis in which FDCM will have 51% stake and the private partner 49%.