Chopta valley in Rudraprayag district will now be part of eco tourism zone. Uttarakhand has prepared a proposal to the tune of rs 3.5 crore for developing the region as tourism zone and has sent the proposed to the state ecotourism development board for approval.
Divisional Forest Officer Chopta Abhimanyu disclosed that on orders of chief secretary search was on in the division for setting up of an eco tourism zone. After an extensive survey, Chopta was found to be best suited for development of such zone in the Rudraprayag region.
He apprised that the Chopta valley attracts large number of tourists both from India and abroad every year. The presence of Tunganath temple makes the region most sought after for pilgrimage tourism. The region is also famous for winter tourism.
“With setting of an eco tourism zone, while the state government will get an increased revenue, the sources of livelihood for locals will also expand”, DFO Rudraprayag said.
He said with the approval of the board, the works towards setting up of the zone will carried out in two phases. First phase from 2023-24 and the second 2024-2025.
The Chopta Eco Tourism Zone will encompass a total of 500 hectares of land. Eco park, tree house, bird interpretation centre, cultural and heritage centres will be set up as part of tourism zone.