Uttarakhand is planning to arrange the state’s first crocodile safari in Surai forest vary in Kumaon, mentioned forest officers.
Sandeep Kumar, divisional forest officer (DFO), Terai-east forest division, mentioned, “We’re chalking out a plan for a crocodile safari in Khakra nullah of Surai vary in Khatima space in US Nagar district. Our purpose will not be solely to preserve crocodiles but additionally earn income from this for the division by attracting vacationers and boosting ecotourism.”
Surai vary falls in Terai-East forest division in Kumaon and Khakra nullah passes by the vary. Since crocodiles are in good numbers on this forest vary, a proposal for crocodile safari has been ready, mentioned Kumar.
The spot the place the safari is being deliberate is 12 km from Khatima city of US Nagar and 20 km from Pilibhit tiger reserve in Pilibhit district of Uttar Pradesh. Khakra had 170 crocodiles within the final rely held in 2018. Now their numbers have elevated, in line with forest officers
Kumar mentioned, “A 750-metre stretch of the nullah has been recognized for safari and ample fencing and partitions shall be erected on either side in order that crocodiles don’t hurt the vacationers and vacationers too don’t enterprise too near the animal. A monitor shall be constructed on either side for vacationers. Later electrical automobiles shall be offered if the safari will get good footfall.”
Babu Lal, sub divisional officer (SDO) of Khatima forest, mentioned, “Surai vary is unfold on 22,000 hectares of land and has a really wealthy natural world. We’ve despatched a proposal for a crocodile safari in Khakra nullah on the instruction of upper authorities.”
Praveen Kabir, a social activist of Khatima, mentioned, “It’s a good thought to have crocodile safari in a distant space like Khatima. It will give Khatima an opportunity to shine on the tourism map of India.”
In Uttarakhand, crocodiles are discovered within the Corbett panorama, Terai space, some areas of Haridwar forest division and Rajaji Nationwide Park panorama.
In keeping with the most recent wildlife census launched by the state forest division in June this yr, crocodile numbers have elevated within the state from 123 in 2008 to 451 in 2020.
Of 23 crocodilian species discovered on this planet, India has three species. Uttarakhand has two of the three crocodilian species – Mugger Crocodile and Gharial (in Corbett panorama). Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris), essentially the most widespread freshwater croc species is discovered all through India, besides the intense north.