After dispute, Delhi Development Authority defends eco-tourism project in Sanjay Van | Latest Delhi News
Following criticism from environmentalists and citizen groups, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) clarified that its proposal to develop an ecotourism project in Sanjay Van aims to raise awareness and provide recreational facilities to people living nearby.
The DDA recently invited companies to show interest in developing Sanjay Van in South Delhi, the 783-acre green lung of the nation’s capital, as an eco-tourism destination, with facilities for activities such as rock climbing, aerial trails (canopy tour or zip lines), forest safari, cycling, picnic and camping, among others.
“Sanjay Van, which is an integral part of South Central Ridge, attracts tons of visitors for daily leisure activities. DDA’s current proposal to introduce activities related to nature-based ecotourism aims to create environmental awareness and recreation in a natural setting in an environmentally friendly way using locally available resources. The activities offered, such as rock climbing, forest cycling, camping, stargazing activities, guided nature tours, etc.
A DDA official said that the purpose of the EOI is to “encourage community participation to raise public awareness of environmental awareness through dissemination of knowledge through nature walks, tours educational, etc. “.
The project will be developed on a public-private partnership, and a private concessionaire will have to develop and operate the proposed facilities, said a DDA official.
The land agency said that under the PPP model, the concessionaire will also provide development, operation and maintenance, a senior official said.
“The idea is to allow more and more users of different age groups to visit and appreciate this gem in the heart of the city. After a careful site analysis, designated areas for each of the activities will be designated in areas already open to the public with minimal or no intervention in existing habitats. The intention is not to create a tourist site in a natural forest but to give the opportunity to the public to feel connected with such natural heritage available in the area of the urban fabric of the city of Delhi ”, said a responsible for the DDA.
DDA officials said they are not planning any major construction in the area, as it is part of the ridge, which is a reserved forest area where all non-forest activities are reduced.