Odisha government said that it was developing 32 places as eco-tourism spots across the state to attract tourists and nature lovers.
These spots are located in 19 wildlife divisions in 14 districts across the state. The spots include Mangalajodi and Berhampur along the Chilika lake, the largest brackish water lagoon in Asia and Dangmal, Gupti and Habalikhati near Bhitarkanika national park.
The other major eco-tourism sports are Tikarpada tiger reserve at Satkosia wildlife division in Angul, Anshupa lake in Cuttack, Daringbadi and Belghar hill stations in Kandhamal.
Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra said Bhim Dunguri hill, which had 63 beautiful caves and had been declared as an eco-tourism spot, lacked proper infrastructure such as road connectivity, electricity and water supply. Though Rs 25 lakh had been sanctioned for developing tourism infrastructure there, the pace of construction was very slow.
Forest and environment minister Bikram Keshari Arukh said the regional chief conservator of forests, Bhawanipatna and Balangir divisional forest officer, had visited the spot. He assured that it would be inquired whether there had been proper utilisation of the sanctioned funds.