07 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: The Forest and Environment Department on Thursday launched Safari-Tour in the Chandaka-Damapara Wildlife Sanctuary which is spread over 20 square kilometres on the city outskirts.
The forest which is rich in biodiversity is an abode of Asiatic elephant, Spotted deer, Wild pig, Honey Badger, Porcupine, Jungle cat, Mongoose, Civet, Hare, Python, Cobra and variety of avifauna and flora.
The Jungle Safari vehicles have been procured under CSR funding of MCL and NALCO. Two sorties will be made from 6 am to 10 am in the morning and one sortie from 4 pm to 6 pm.
The tariff for each vehicle per sortie is Rs 2,000. Online booking facility through www.ecotourodisha.com will be available for the tourists within a week, the Department stated.
The sanctuary caters the need of drinking water of the city by recharging the hydrological cycle. Bharatpur Nature Tourism Destination near Utkal Multicare Hospital, Lumbini Vihar, Bhubaneswar is developed to create public awareness through nature education and jungle safari for conservation of this unique ecosystem.
Minister Bijayashree Routray inaugurated the Jungle Safari vehicles for the public. Also present were, Secretary, Suresh Chandra Mahapatra and PCCF Sandeep Tripathi.