MTDC plans to offer Reservation of Forest Rest Houses in Maharashtra on its website

Will also be jointly implementing the Vidarbha ecotourism mega circuit development project with FDCM; Reopening its resort in Matheran

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Apart from regular revamping of resorts, the MTDC and the Forest Development Corporation of Maharashtra (FDCM) will be jointly implementing the Vidarbha ecotourism mega circuit development project, with a view to develop the four major sanctuaries of Nagzira, Navegaon, Tadoba and Melghat for tourists.

Also, on MTDC's agenda this summer is reopening its resort in Matheran after a hiatus of two years. The resort, which was built in 1925, was recently upgraded according to heritage norms.

Plans for reservation of forest rest houses via MTDC website are also on. "Reservation of forest rest houses via MTDC website is under consideration. Once the facility is implemented, tourists can reserve forest rest houses online, instead of having to personally visit the site or the forest department," said an MTDC official.

Kishori Gadre, general manager, MTDC, said that the major thrust this vacation period is on developing hill stations and wildlife sanctuaries with tourism potential. "The resort in Matheran, which is an eco-sensitive zone, will be opened to tourists by the end of March. Two of its buildings, housing 13 rooms, have been revamped according to heritage norms as the structures are more than 85-years-old. The external facade of these buildings has been kept the way it was back then. In addition, a lot of wood has been used in the refurbishing, avoiding the use of too much cement and concrete," said Gadre, adding that most resorts are already showing 50% bookings.

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