Nagpur: The Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve (TATR) will start safari bookings in the next two days through the website developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), said Maheep Gupta, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Maharashtra, a report in local English daily said.
Unable to book safaris, wildlife lovers have been desperately inquiring about the launch of a new website promised to be launched by the TATR on August 17. However, due to legal hurdles created by the former website operator from Chandrapur, the website could not be launched.
Even after the Chandrapur court has given a clean chit vide an order on August 31, safari bookings have not been opened. According to Gupta, the safari bookings for all the wildlife sanctuaries and tiger reserves will be from a composite website developed by NIC. It will be monitored by the Maharashtra Ecotourism Development Board (MEDB), he added.
Gupta said the delay was due to the opening of a pulling account with SBI. We had to sign an MoU with the bank which has been done now. The review of the account will be done every three months.
According to TATR officials, though the court has paved the way for safari bookings, trials were conducted on the state-run website www.mytadoba.mahaforest.gov.in through which safaris will be booked.