SGNP shuns MTDC's help for new tents

Sanjay Gandhi National Park authorities say park can manage renovation on its own

Tourists and lovers of nature will have to wait for a while to stay at the much awaited, renovated guests houses at Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP). The project, which was previously a collaboration between the SGNP management and the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), is now the sole responsibility of the former.

“After the new director got appointed, the SGNP decided to proceed with the project alone, without the MTDC. Help was offered to the officials and the tourism corporation even offered to provide expert engineers for the development. But the offer wasn’t accepted by them,” said a senior official on condition of anonymity.

Vikas Gupta, director, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, told sunday mid-day, “Under the Forest Conservation Act, tourism in protected areas requires detailed permissions from Government of India. Moreover, the park is able enough to manage the renovation on its own. The renovation work of the tents, along with a couple of guest houses, is in process.

All the tents cannot be repaired at the same time, which is why the renovation work will take time. The MTDC is looking after the battery-operated cars within the park premises along with the washroom and drinking water kiosks.” The MTDC officials were to fund the renovation and the generated revenue was supposed to be shared equally between the two.

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