Madhya Pradesh Forest Department is planning to develop 15 new wildlife sanctuaries in the state, in order to promote tourism in this region. According to the news reports, the state government is looking for new ways to generate revenue, thereby, focusing on the tourism sector. The Forest Department has proposed the state government to develop 12 wildlife sanctuaries in different locations. District Forest Officers have been asked to identify areas in their districts for developing parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
The Forest Department has ordered to allocate 200 ha land for each sanctuary. At present, the state comprises of 25 sanctuaries and 10 national parks, which generates 27 crore INR every year to the government. By implementing the new plans, the revenue might increase by 200 crore INR from tourism activities.
Recently, Madhya Pradesh grabbed the title of Tiger State, for witnessing the highest tiger count in India, and also for being the safest home for tigers and other animals.
As per the plan, wildlife sanctuaries are being planned in districts such as – Balaghat, Sheopur, Mandla, Chhindwara, Shahdol, Dindori, Sagar, Khandwa, Jabalpur, Indore, Seoni and Hoshangabad. There are also plans to develop Ratapani and Mandhata (Shivpuri) as national parks.