BY: Pune Pulse
June 13, 2023
Pune: Nature enthusiasts are in for a sweet treat as the Pune Forest Department and the Government of Maharashtra are soon going to start an eco-tourism centre at Kanheri in Baramati taluka this coming monsoon.
Speaking to Pune Pulse, Shubhangi Lonkar, Regional Forest Officer Baramati said, “The eco-tourism centre is all set to begin this monsoon. Every year, especially during the monsoons, Kanheri becomes a haven for nature lovers. So, the centre is built to let people explore the beauty as well as look at some rare animals and birds in their natural habitat. The forest department also aims to generate employment opportunities for the locals. Almost 75% of the work is completed and the inauguration will be done in the coming days.”
The work on the Eco Tourism Centre project began in the year 2021. It is being built on around 56 hectares of land allocated to the Forest Department by the Government of Maharashtra. For the entire project, a total of Rs 11 crore fund was announced in the state financial budget of 2020-21 by the then Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Ajit Pawar in three parts. The first part of the fund was Rs 5 crore 24 lakh which was allocated in 2021 itself. The second part of the fund was Rs 3 crore which was allocated in 2022. The remaining Rs 2 crore 76 lakh will be allocated soon for rapid completion of the entire project.
A highlight of this centre is the boat ride. Other attractions and eco-friendly activities are adventure activities like Zipline and more, kids commando course for children, adventure puzzle, high & low rope activities, nature walk, cycle rides and many more.