Published On : Fri, Jul 29th, 2016

Govt to strive to make forests with tigers as tourist destination: Nitin Gadkari

Fadnavis and Gadkari inaugurate Tiger Rock at Science College Square

Nagpur: The Nagpur Municipal Corporation and Civil Lines Association Nagpur celebrated International Tiger’s Day by installing a Tiger Rock at Science College Square on July 29, 2016. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari unveiled the life size statuettes of two tigers on rocks called as “Tiger Rock”.

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Minister for Environment and Forests Sudhir Mungantiwar, Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule, Mayor of Nagpur Praveen Datke and others were prominently present on the occasion.

While speaking to media personnel, Union Minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari said that around 350 tigers are present at a site which is at just 2:30 hours ride from Nagpur. Since there are so many tigers at one spot, Maharashtra Government is striving to make it an International Tourist attraction. We aim to attract many tourists to this destination. This will also benefit the villages in the vicinity of these tiger-tourist spots. Maharashtra Government is taking initiative to develop Tiger tourism in Vidarbha.

Gadkari also said that there are many lakes in Tadoba and Forests in Chandrapur area. We plan to land sea-planes in these lakes to help tourists take-off from Nagpur Airport and land directly in these lakes. This will prove to be a boon for tourists.

While speaking to Nagpur Today, Managing Director of Sandeep Developers Private Limited Gaurav Agrawala said that they have been given the contract of erecting the Tiger Rock. He said that the entire cost of the erection of Tiger Rock was Rs seven lakhs.