According to people associated with the hospitality industry, tourism around Kuno-Palpur National Park (KPNP) in Madhya Pradesh is set to take a boost once it becomes the new home of cheetahs that are brought from Namibia to Africa in as part of an intercontinental translocation project. . New jobs will also be created for local residents as the influx of tourists increases, they said. (Also read: MP’s Kuno National Park to host cheetahs in 6 months)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will release cheetahs brought from Namibia into the national park located in the Sheopur district of the state on Saturday as part of his efforts to revitalize and diversify the country’s wildlife and habitat, his office said in a statement. New Delhi. The feral cats are being brought in from Namibia under a memorandum of understanding signed earlier this year. There is excitement among local residents as they eagerly await the arrival of spotted guests from Africa at the national park.
“People here are very enthusiastic. We are building a resort in Morawan on a land of about 6 bigha (about two acres) which will have 14 rooms, a swimming pool, a restaurant and other amenities for tourists,” said Rishiraj Singh Palpur, who belongs to an ancient royal family. PTI. The tourist facility is about 15 km from the main entrance gate to the national park, he said. He said the presence of cheetahs in the national park will increase tourist visitation and lead to improved visitor facilities in the Sheopur district and its adjoining areas.
Ashok Sarraf, owner of a Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board ‘Midway Treat’ franchise, expressed hope that business will pick up after September 17, when the prime minister is expected to release cheetahs in enclosures specially built inside the wildlife sanctuary. He said a hotel was also being built under the MP Tourism Board franchise in Sheopur. Manoj Sarraf, owner of a hotel and resort under construction on Sheopur-Sawai Madhopur Road, said his property will have 35 rooms as well as a swimming pool, meeting room, gym and other equipment.
The cheetah reintroduction project will ensure development of the region and job creation through tourism as the national park will earn a special place on the country’s wildlife map, he said. Apart from people involved in the hospitality industry, people in villages like Morawan, Sesaipura, Tiktoli, Adwada, Hathedi and Chakrana are also enthusiastic about the project.
This project will bring development to the area and the cheetahs will become the main attraction for tourists, said Kamal Singh, a resident of Sesaipura, a village near the entrance to the park. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was in Sheopur on September 11 to review preparations for the translocation scheme, announced the establishment of five skills camps, where residents will receive job training related to the hospitality industry. Eight cheetahs will be flown to Jaipur in Rajasthan from Namibia on Saturday on a cargo plane and flown to the national park the same day, officials said.
According to Chief Conservative MP for Forestry (Wildlife) JS Chauhan, the cargo plane carrying the big cats is expected to land at Jaipur airport between 6am and 7am. The forestry officer said that upon arrival, the cheetahs will first be kept in small enclosures for a month and then in larger ones for a few months to acclimatize and familiarize themselves with the environment. Later they will be released into the wild, he said. “We have set up six small quarantine enclosures in accordance with the legal mandate required when moving animals from one continent to another,” the official said earlier.
The last cheetah died in the country in 1947 in Korea District in present-day Chhattisgarh and the species was declared extinct from India in 1952. The “India African Cheetah Introduction Project” was conceived in 2009. A plan to introduce the big cats to KPNP in November last year was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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