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Monday, December 31, 2012

Butterfly park to spread wings

THE only butterfly park in east India will soon become more colourful with authorities planning to breed more species of the winged insect. The park situated inside the premises of the Tata Steel Zoological Society here presently breeds 12 species of butterflies. The director of Tata Steel Zoological Society (TSZS). Butterflies play an important role as a pollinator. a food source and indicator of the well-being of the ecosystem. Set up four-and-a-half years ago, the park hosts more than 25 species. 12 of them being bred in its premises. The 12 comprise regional and pan-India varieties. Common Mormon. Common Crow. Plain Tiger, Common caster and emigrant were among the 12 species being bred round the year in the park. No other park in the country breeds so many species and they are now aiming to develop the park into a conservatory for butterfly breeding, They pointed out that the availability of a variety of plants. facilitating breeding of butterfly species, was one of the reason why the authorities decided to develop the park as a conservatory for breeding. Noting that majority of the butterfly parks in the country are either closed or are on the verge of closure for various reasons including improper up-keep. Round-the-clock monitoring and proper maintenance was done at the facility. This has been acknowledged by officials of the Central Zoo Authority, who paid a visit to the park recently. the official said. "As butterflies feed on nectar, we have to take special care lo arrange for larvae feeding plants and artificial food suitable for them, S K Mahto. curator of the butterfly park," said. They said that  last year a whopping 4.5 lakh people visited the park and it is likely to touch five lakh this year. The park which is part of the Tata Steel Zoological Park will double up as the breeding centre and also play an important role in main-taining the ecosystem. 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Maharashtra Govt. to start Luxury bus service to boost Konkan tourism.

With an aim to attract foreign tourists, Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) has decided to start a luxury bus service to Konkan from Mumbai and Pune. MTDC has purchased five such Volvo buses which have facilities like chemical toilets, fridge, oven, Wi-Fi at a cost of Rs. 5.48 crore. The tourists packages will be for three or five days. Private operations will be roped in for conducting the tours and an MoU will be signed between MTDC and the operator. Competitive bids have been invited and MTDC hopes that the bus service will start commercial operations in the first week of January, said sources in the tourism Departments.
The sightseeing packages will include all tourism sites on Mumbai-Sindhudurg and Pune-Sindhudurg routes. From Mumbai, the bus will halt at Raigad, Harihareshwar, Chiplun, Ganpati Pule, Pawas, Ratnagiri, Kunkeshwar, Tarkarli, Malwan, Sawantwadi and then return to Mumbai. Similarly, the Pune route will cover Kolhapur, Sawantwadi, Tarkarli, Malwan, Kunkeshwar, Ganpati Pule, Pawas and Ratnagiri. The bus will again come to Ganpati Pule, proceed to Pawan Khind, Panhala Fort, Jyotiba Mandir and return to Pune.
Ticket fares will be fixed after competitive bids are finalised, sources informed. The tourist package will cover temples, beaches in the Konkan region. Every year approximately 14 lackh foreign tourists arrive in Mumbai and then proceed to different parts of the country.