Critical Study of Bandhavgarh as Tourist Destination of Madhya Pradesh Tourism

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    1. INTRODUCTION

    Development of necessary infrastructure and facilities at any tourist destination is the first and most important step in maximizing the tourist satisfaction and for the promotion of that destination itself as major tourist attraction. The objective of the deficiency study conducted by Madhya Pradesh Tourism was to identify the deficiencies in the tourist destination in terms of urban infrastructure, management of civic services including garbage and solid waste disposal, management and implementation of forest and environment related projects and up gradation of electrical and water supply system.

    2. METHODOLOGY

    The survey was divided in three parts:

    * Primary survey of destination: A primary survey of the destination was done. The survey instrument was designed to examine the primary attributes/deficiencies in the urban infrastructure like rail/road/air connectivity, accommodation, transport system, food/beverage quality & availability, water electricity supply, information mechanism, etc. as well as secondary destination attributes like shopping complexes, multiplexes, flyovers, ropeways, signages, etc.

    * Reports & statements of the government department/authorities concerned: The study instrument was designed to get first hand information from all the concerned departments/authorities like rail, road, air, forest, M.P. Ecotourism Development Board, District Collector office, Municipal Corporation, concerned voluntary organizations, etc regarding their developmental projects under implementation or under pipeline for the development of the destination.

    * Visitor survey: Random and unbiased visitor survey from the cross-section of visitors available at the destination was also done to get their feedback and suggestions.

    I GENERAL INFORMATION

    1.1. Place


    BANDHAVGARH

    1.2. District


    Umaria

    1.3. Location


    Umaria district is located to the North East of Madhya Pradesh.

    1.4. Latitude


    23.30 N (of Umaria)

    1.5. Longitude


    80.53 E (of Umaria)

    1.6. Area


    694.682 Sq. KM. (Core Area)
    437 Sq. KM. (Buffer Area)
    105 Sq. KM. (Open Area for Tourist)

    1.7. Population


    Total 515963, (26800 Total Only Umaria)

    1.8. Literacy


    Total 59.10 %
    Male 72.10%
    Female 44.50%

    1.9. Gram Panchayat/ Nagar Panchayat



    Gram Panchayat

    1.10. Places of Tourist Interest



    Bandhavgarh Fort :

    Bandhavgarh is the name of tehsil in Umaria District. Formerly it was the capital of the Bandhavgarh Kingdom of the Magha dynasty, then the head-quarters of the tehsil. At present its headquarters is Umaria.

    The fort of Bandhavgarh is a place of considerable archaeological and historical importance.

    It is a natural impregnable fort and stands on a hill, at an attitude of about 2430 metres above sea-level. The Bamnia hill is also a part of the fort, because it is enclosed by a rampart. The fort is on the Rewa-Umaria road, at a distance of about 41Km from Umaria Town.



    National Park :

    Bandhavgarh is a new National Park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168sq miles (437sq kms) it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa.

    Geography Flora & Fauna : There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort's cliffs are 2625 feet (800 meters) high, 1000 feet (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside. Over half the area is covered by Sal forest although on the upper slope it is replaced by mixed forest of sal, saj, dhobin, and saja. Winter temperatures (Nov-mid-February) vary from almost freezing at night to around 68 degree Fahrenheit in the daytime. Summer nights are also cooler than the daytime temperature, which rises to 104 degree Fahrenheit. This park is closed during the breeding season, which coincides with the monsoon (July-October). Rainfall in the park averages 50 inches (120cm) per year.

    1.11. History :

    Bandhagarh National Park is a Park with a rich historical past. Prior to becoming a national park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the Maharajas and their guests.

    In 1947 Rewa State was merged with Madhya Pradesh; Bandhavgarh came under the regulations of Madhya Pradesh. The Maharaja of Rewa still retained the hunting rights. No special conservation measures were taken until 1968, when the areas were constituted as a national park. Since then, numerous steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt natural habitat.

    The tourism zone of the park that is regarded by most people, as 'Bandhavgarh' is actually a small part of the reserve. This 105 km². Of Jungle, known as Tala range, is richest in terms of biodiversity and yes –tigers, but there are four more ranges in the reserve namely –Magdhi, Kallwah, Khitauli and Panpatha. Together, these five ranges comprise the 'Core' of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve – a total area of 694 km². There is then, the 'buffer' as well. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals another 437 km². The legal status as a national park dates back to 1968, but was enjoyed by only the present Tala range for a considerable length of time. It was only in 1993 that the present scheme of things was put in place.

    THE INVALUABLE HERITAGE

    The park : Bandhavgarh (the present Tala Range) enjoyed almost complete protection under the Maharajas of Rewa during the pre-independence era. The jungle though had a price to pay for the considerable protection afforded by the Maharajas, Bandhavgarh was a declared game reserve and the Royal family exclusive hunting privileges.

    The protection afforded to the Park by the Rajahs ensured that the forest would change hands to the next generation. And after state reorganization in 1956, it didn't take long for the State of Madhya Pradesh to realize the ecological importance Park in 1968

    * The caves

    'There are 39 caves in the Bandhavgarh fort and in the surrounding hillocks up to a radius of about 5 km. The oldest cave is of 1st century. Several caves carry inscriptions in Brahmi script. Some caves have embossed figure such as those of tiger, pig, elephant and horseman. Badi gufa, the largest cave, has broad entrance, nine small rooms and several pillars. It has been dated back to the 10th century. The cave appears to be primitive lacking the elaborate statues and carvings seen in the caves of Buddhist period. Its purpose remains mystery.

    * The Fort

    No records are available to show when Bandhavgarh fort was constructed. It is thought, however, to be some 2000 years old, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the "Narad-Panch Ratra" and the 'Shiva Purana". Various dynasties have ruled the fort: for example, The Mauryans from 3rd century BC, Vakataka rulers from 3rd to 5th century the Sengars from 5th century and the Kalachuris from 10th century. In the 13th century, the Baghels took over, ruling from Bandhavgarh until 1617, when Maharaja Vikramaditya Singh moved his capital to Rewa. The last inhabitants deserted the fort in 1935.

    MAKING OF A TIGER LAND

    The Maharajas of Rewa, as historians would call Baghels realized that a most marvelous jungle had sprung up around the deserted fort of Bandhavgarh and that large and fierce beasts of strength roamed within its folds. Chivalry was the most prized virtue of Rajput Kings, and what nobler proof could be furthered for its possession than slaying of the most ferocious all the beasts – the Tiger! So, Bandhavgarh was declared a game reserve with only the royal family having rights of hunting the fierce animal. But, they put the fence rather high, so far as Chivalry.
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    BIRTH OF A PROTECTED AREA

    The year of 1972 was the year of the expression of the firm resolve of Indian People to save their wilderness and wildlife. Project tiger happened and then the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 came. It was realized that protection of just the 105 km². of prime Bandhavgarh habitat was not enough, so in 1982, three more ranges namely, Khitauli, Magdhi and Kallawah were added to Tala range (the original Bandhavgarh National Park) to extend the area of Bandhavgarh to 448 km². As Project tiger extended its activities and area of influence, Bandhavgarh was taken in its folds in 1993, and a core of 694 km². Including the previously named ranges and the Panpatha Sanctuary along with a buffer area of 437 km². Was declared as the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

    1.12. Rail, Road & Air Connectivity :

    A. Rail connectivity : The nearest railway stations are Jabalpur (164 km), Katni (102 km), and Satna 120 km) on the Central Railway and Umaria (35 km) on the South-Eastern Railway.

    B. Road connectivity: State / private transport buses ply between Katni and Umaria and from Satna and Rewa to Tala (Bandhavgarh). Taxis are available at Satna, Jabalpur,Katni, Umaria, Bilaspur ( 300 km) and Khajuraho to NH 07 Katni (92 kms). The state highway passing through it is SH-10 (Katni-Barhi-Tala)

    C. Air connectivity: Nearest airport is at Jabalpur (164 km). The most convenient route to Bandhavgarh is to fly from Delhi to Khajuraho from where it is a five and a half hour drive (237 km). Though long, the drive is interesting. The road crosses the Ken river, some stretches of which have been declared a crocodile sanctuary famous for Ghariyal, a rare fish eating crocodile. It then goes past Panna town, famous for its diamond mines, to Satna, the midway point from where it branches off on a subsidiary road across ridges of the Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.

    Entrance to the park is form Tala, A small village on Umaria-Rewa state highway. Private transport buses are available from Umaria (32 km.), Amarpatan (80km.), Shahdol (102km.) and Rewa (105km.) to reach Tala. Nearest railway stations are Umaria (32km.), Jabalpur (164km.), Katni (92km.) and Satna (120km.). Jabalpur (164km.) and Khajuraho (237km.) are the nearest airport.

    II MAP



    III URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE

    3.1. HOTELS :

    Bandhavgarh National Park is a tiger reserve and most densely tiger populated national park in India. So visitors from all over the world visit this national park. But quality accommodation is a grave problem in the area. There are only seven moderate hotels in the area offering a total of 156 rooms. The tariffs are too high as compared to the quality of facilities and services the hotels offer, causing a great dissatisfaction amongst the visitors. There are some other inferior grade hotels available, but the services and facilities they offer are damaging the image of Bandhavgarh National Park.

    * Name Bandhavgarh Jungel Lodge
    Location Near Tala Gram
    Category 2 star
    No. of rooms 20 Non A/c
    Tariff Booking from Delhi Office

    * Name White Tiger Forest Lodge Bandhavgarh
    Location Main Road Tala Gram
    Category Unclassified
    No. of rooms 14 A/c 24 Non A/c
    Tariff Rs. 1640 to Rs. 2490

    * Name Maharaja Retreat Heritage Hotel
    Location Main Road Tala
    Category Unclassified
    No. of rooms 04 A/c 04 Non A/c
    Tariff Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500 ( Safari + Swimming
    Pool + Library + Food )

    * Name Royal Tiger Resort
    Location Main Road Tala Gram
    Category Budget Hotel
    No. of rooms 01 A/c 21 Non A/c
    Tariff Rs. 2000 to Rs. 2500

    * Name Hotel Tiger Trail
    Location Main Road Tala
    Category Unclassified
    No. of rooms 02 A/c 18 Non A/c
    Tariff Rs. 1800 to Rs. 2400 ( With Safari)

    * Name Hotel Nature Heritage
    Location Tala Gram
    Category Unclassified
    No. of rooms 02 A/c 20 Non A/c
    Tariff Rs. 1500 to Rs. 1750

    * Name Hotel Tiger Den
    Location Main Road Tala
    Category Unclassified
    No. of rooms 11 A/c 15 Non A/c
    Tariff Rs. 1800 to Rs. 2500 ( Plus 10% Tax)

    3.1.1. Deficiency Observed: Insufficient accommodation, high tariffs & inferior quality services

    The accommodation available in Bandhavgarh neither meets the quality norms nor the quantity requirements. There is high dissatisfaction and grievance amongst the visitors that they are overcharged for the inferior quality facilities and services. The number of rooms available is also insufficient at the place. The quality and variety of food is also pathetic in Bandhavgarh.

    3.2. RESTAURANTS/CAFETERIAS :

    There is no cafeteria/restaurant/fast food center/refreshment center available in Bandhavgarh National park and in Tala gram. Only a few lower quality Dhabas are available at park and at Tala.

    The four Dhabas available in Tala are:

    (I) Pavan Dhaba (II) Banshi Dhaba,
    (III) Hans Dhaba (IV) Nandu Dhaba

    3.3. TOUR OPERATORS & TRAVEL AGENTS :

    There are only two tour operators and travel agents active in Bandhvagarh (Tala) & Umaria, which are basically the franchisee of bigger tour operators located at metros.

    * Names : Rishi Tours & Travels
    Addresses : Near Petrol Pump, Tala Gram

    * Names : Shahil Tours & Travels
    Addresses : Umaria

    3.4. TRANSPORTATION & ROADS :

    The condition of roads connecting to Tala as well the roads within the Bandhavgarh National Park area are bad. A patch of 6 km connecting to Tala from Umaria is in pathetic condition and the reason behind its poor shape is the non-approval of the forest department to construct road in the forest area. Also no public transportation is available from Umaria to Bandhavgarh. One can only resort to private taxis for reaching Bandhavgarh from Umaria, subject to their availability.

    3.4.1. Deficiency Observed

    The deficiencies observed are:

    a) Poor condition of approach road and internal roads within BNP
    b) The park is not fenced and the vehicles on the approach road to Tala are prone to tiger attack as it is densely populated tiger reserve area.
    c) Non-availability of public transport.
    d) Private taxis are also not always available.

    3.5. SIGNAGES & HOARDINGS :

    Signages & hoardings are very important components of any urban infrastructure. Besides helping the visitors in locating & knowing the place, it build the image perception of the city in the minds of visitors. Signages are barely visible on highways and main roads connecting or passing through Umaria or other tourist destinations.

    3.5.1. Deficiency Observed

    Except for few signages and hoardings at the entrance gate of the Bandhagarh National Park (overcrowded with hoardings & signages), signages and hoardings about the BNP are barely visible at any other place on highways, main roads, Umaria or at other tourist destinations and in Tala. Signages and hoardings on cleanliness are also missing at the national park and in Tala.

    3.6. PRESERVATION, CONSERVATION, MAINTENANCE OF MONUMENTS/SITES WITHIN NATIONAL PARK :

    The monuments/sites inside the Bandhagarh National Park like Sheshiya, Badi Gufa and Fort, etc are not at all maintained and beautified. The access to Fort is also very difficult.

    3.6.1. Deficiency Observed

    No maintenance of historical monuments/sites within the national park area.

    3.7. TOURIST POLICE:

    Safety and security of the tourists is very important in promoting the tourism at any place. Tourist police plays very important role here.

    3.7.1. Deficiency Observed

    The village has no tourist police station and the tourists have no remedy in case of threat on safety issues.

    3.8. AVAILABILITY OF LEAFLETS/PAMPHLETS :

    Information leaflets are available only at the hotel of MP Tourism – White Tiger Forest Lodge and the information books are available at the shop of Eco Development Committee at the entrance gate of Park. This booklet should be made available free with the ticket (or they may include the cost of literature in ticket price).

    3.8.1. Deficiency observed

    Non-availability of the high quality and attractive booklet/leaflet providing reliable information about the park and monuments there.

    3.9. SOUVENIR/HANDICRAFT SHOPS :

    Handicraft/souvenir shops are favorite shopping places of tourist as they want to take home the memories of the place.

    3.9.1. Deficiency Observed

    There are a few souvenir/handicraft shops available at Tala and also near the entrance gate of the park. But there is no locally produced handicraft item in the shops. Also the quality and variety of handicrafts/souvenir is a matter of concern.

    3.10. GUIDES/NATURALISTS :

    Entrance in Bandhvagarh National Park is not permitted without a guide in your Gypsy. There are 41 guides available at the Main entrance gate of the park and 17 at the second gate. However no naturalist is available at BNP.
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    3.10.1. Deficiency Observed

    The number of guides is satisfactory. And on requirement more number of guides are made available. But there is no naturalist available in BNP for higher knowledge thirst about nature to the visitors.

    3.11. ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES/FILM SHOWS :

    Entertainment activities, film shows about the park and on tigers make the visit to the national park more interesting and exciting. There is also one film show stage attached to the interpretation center at Tala. But there is no film screening on it.

    3.11.1. Deficiency Observed

    Apart from the BNP, there is no other entertainment activity in the village. The village also lacks the screening of film shows, despite the fact that there exists a film stage at Interpretation center.

    3.12. SHOPPING MALLS :

    The Tala village lacks even the basic shops providing necessary commodities and products. and there are no good shopping junctions. The city lacks even the basic shopping outlets for necessary shopping.

    3.12.1. Deficiency Observed

    Lacks even the basic shops providing the routine items and necessary commodities/products.

    3.13. BUS TERMINUS :

    The bus terminus is in ghastly shape. It lacks the basic infrastructure to give it a feeling of bus terminal.

    3.13.1. Deficiency Observed

    Bus terminus lacks waiting room, ticket window, cloak room, toilet, drinking water facility, etc. The garbage dumps are a common problem at bus terminus also.

    3.14. TELECOMMUNICATIONS :

    In today's fast moving world, communication is the basic necessity of every person. Bandhavgarh, despite being highly visited tourist destination, lacks basic mobile telephony. Except for the BSNL cellular services, no other mobile services are available in the city giving it an impression of remote village.

    IV M ANAGEMENT OF CIVIC SERVICES INCLUDING GARBAGE & SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL

    4.1. HYGIENE :

    Hygiene condition at Bandhavgarh National Park is satisfactory, but requires immediate attention outside National park in Tala.

    4.1.1. Deficiency Observed

    The hygiene condition in Tala is very poor and garbage dumps could be found at various places even near the main gate of the park

    4.2. TOILET :

    Only one toilet is available at the entrance gate of the park for visitors. The toilet has poor visibility and there is no signboard for it. So, it remains hidden and the visitors feel that there is no toilet facility at park

    4.3. DRINKING WATER FACILITY :

    There is one water cooling system installed at the main gate of the park, which is not in working condition. Also the face of the water cooling unit is opposite to the road and it is barely visible to the tourists.

    4.4. MODE OF SOLID WASTE AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL :

    Solid waste is disposed in Tala in the traditional mode. Though the district administration of Umaria is implementing a programme on Solid Waste Management at a cost of Rs 101 lakh. For details please see the section VIII.

    V IMPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & FOREST RELATED PROJECTS

    Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education & Research (BVIEER), a voluntary organization, based in Pune, is undertaking a comprehensive conservation education programme at Bandhavgarh National Park. for the villagers and school children.

    However the programme tenure will end in March 2007 after which the temporary office of BVIEER will be removed from Bandhavgarh.

    VI UPGRADATION OF ELECTRICAL AND WATER SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION INFRASTRUCTURE

    6.1. ELECTRICITY SUPPLY :

    The electricity supply in Tala is insufficient and there are frequent power cuts and failures. There are no street lights in the Tala village and the whole village goes in deep sleep after 7.00 pm. Except for the private lights coming from the shops, the whole village is covered under darkness.

    The Gram Panchayat/district administration has not taken any steps to increase the electricity supply to Bandhavgarh or increase the capacity of transformer, neither any efforts are being made to provide street light facilities in the area.

    6.2. WATER SUPPLY :

    6.2.1. Present water supply scenario in Bandhavgarh (Tala)

    The present water supply in Tala is sufficient.

    For improving the water supply condition, the district administration of Umaria has submitted proposal under UIDSSMT scheme of the government of India and one other project for upgradation of water supply in Umaria district including Bandhavgarh.

    VII OBSERVATIONS AT TOURIST PLACES

    The various observations made at Bandhavgarh are:

    * Insufficient signages (available only at entrance gate)
    * One government and three private souvenir/handicraft shops
    * Only two dust bins in the entire park area
    * No first-aid facilities
    * No hospital in Tala. Only one clinic with Compounder.
    * The nearest hospital/doctor is in Manpur
    * No high school in the village.
    * No street lights
    * Poor hygiene condition in Tala.
    * Poor telecommunication system in Tala

    VIII P ROJECTS PROPOSED & UNDER IMPLEMENTATION

    8.1. PROJECTS PROPOSED :

    * Name of project Up gradation of Existing Water Supply
    Cost 61.6 Lakh
    Details of project Sedimentation Tank, Over head
    Tank, Anikut upgrade, Water
    supply line.
    Unique features/specialties Sedimentation Tank, Water supply
    line
    Department/authority responsible Municipal Council Umaria
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning Ministry of Local Self Department
    the project
    (Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

    * Name of project UIDSSMT
    Cost Under Construction
    Details of project Water supply, Sewage, Solid
    Waste Disposal, Upgradation of
    Road, drains construction &
    improvement
    Unique features/specialties Sewage, Water supply, Road
    Department/authority responsible Municipal Council Umaria
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning Govt. of India & M.P. Ministry of
    the project
    Urban Development
    (Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

    * Name of project BRGF(Backward Region Grant Fund)
    Cost 4 Crore (Approximate)
    Details of project Road, Drain, Water supply,
    Construction work etc.
    Time limit for completion of project 03 years
    Department/authority responsible Municipal Council Umaria
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning C.E.O. Zila Panchayat, Nagriya
    the project Prasasan Umariya
    (Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

    * Name of project Mandla – Niwas – Shahpura –
    Umaria (130km.)
    Cost 53.77 crores
    Details of project Road construction
    Department/authority responsible Tender called
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning MPRDC Ltd.
    the project
    (Source: MPRDC)

    8.2. PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED :

    * Name of project IDSMT
    Cost 203.14 Lakh
    Details of project New Bus Stand, Stadium, Squares,
    Shopping Complex, Mandi etc.
    Unique features/specialties Construction of New Bus Stand,
    Shopping complex, Square and
    Mandi etc.
    Time limit for completion of project 03 years
    Department/authority responsible Municipal Council Umariya
    for implementation
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning Govt. of India Ministry of Urban
    the project Development
    (Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)
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    * Name of project Solid Waste Management
    Cost 101 Lakh
    Details of project Trenching Ground, Filling,
    Composed, Collection of solid
    waste
    Unique features/specialties Trenching Ground
    Time limit for completion of project 05 years
    Department/authority responsible Municipal Council Umariya
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning Department of Environment and
    the project M.P. Pollution Board
    (Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

    * Name of project Small bridge construction in
    Checharha Nala at banskar
    Mohalla
    Cost 4.810 Lakh
    Details of project construction work
    Department/authority responsible Gram Panchayat
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning
    the project
    (Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

    * Name of project Small bridge construction in
    Checharha Nala at Bijhariya
    approach road
    Cost 3 Lakh
    Details of project construction work
    Unique features/specialties
    Department/authority responsible Gram Panchayat
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning
    the project
    (Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

    * Name of project Small bridge construction at
    Tala Ranchha approach road
    Cost 3 Lakh
    Details of project construction work
    Department/authority responsible Gram Panchayat
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning
    the project
    (Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

    * Name of project CC Road construction
    Cost 4.950 Lakh
    Details of project Construction work
    Department/authority responsible Gram Panchayat
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning
    the project
    (Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria )

    * Name of project For development Work
    Cost 2.810 Lakh
    Department/authority responsible Gram Panchayat
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning 12th finance Commission
    the project
    (Source of Information : Zila Panchayat Umaria)

    * Name of project For development Work
    Cost 8.640 Lakh
    Department/authority responsible Gram Panchayat
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning Rojgar Guarantee Yojana
    the project
    (Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

    * Name of project For development Work
    Cost 0.607 Lakh
    Details of project
    Department/authority responsible Gram Panchayat
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning State Finance Commission
    the project
    (Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

    * Name of project Satna-Maihar-Umaria (141km.)
    Cost 54.22 crores
    Details of project Road construction
    Department/authority responsible MPRDC
    Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning MPRDC Ltd.
    the project
    (Source: MPRDC)

    Name of project Bandhavgarh Fort
    Cost Rs 01 Lakh
    Details of project Conservation work
    Time limit for completion of project March 2007
    Department/authority responsible Dy. Director Jabalpur,
    for implementation Archeology Archives & Museum
    Name of Ministry/authority Ministry of Culture Govt. of M.P.
    Sanctioning the project

    IX VISITORS SURVEY

    No. of Visitors Surveyed:

    Indian : 03
    Foreigners : 07
    Total : 10



    No. of Visitors



    GRADE


    Excellent


    Good


    Average


    Poor


    Conclusion

    Accommodation


    0


    3


    4


    3


    Average

    Food


    0


    5


    1


    4


    Good

    Rail


    0


    0


    4


    6


    Poor

    Road


    0


    5


    3


    2


    Good

    Means of Communications


    0


    0


    2


    8


    Poor

    Entertainment activities


    0


    0


    4


    6


    Poor

    Hygiene


    0


    2


    3


    5


    Poor

    Guide


    2


    5


    3


    0


    Good

    Signage


    0


    3


    3


    4


    Poor

    Information Broacher/Leaflet


    0


    0


    2


    8


    Poor

    Special Remarks of Visitors:

    * "It's a battle to communicate from Bandhavgarh. Cellular phones are not working, STD operators are handful and charging extravagantly for phone calls. Even no internet facility is available."
    * "Reaching Bandhavgarh from Umaria itself is a memorable experience, a nightmare as we didn't get the taxi and we waited there for 4 hours. You should never go Bandhavgarh without making prior arrangements."

    "The sight of Tiger at BNP makes you forget all the pains of journey. Wonderful park! Wonderful rendezvous with Tigers."

    X RECOMMENDATIONS

    10.1. IMPROVEMENT IN CONDITION OF ROADS & TRANSPORTATION :

    The condition of approach roads and roads within the national park should be improved. The public transportation system should also be improved for better connectivity to Bandhavgarh

    10.2. ACCOMMODATION :

    More number of hotels in approved category list (star-category) and budget hotels should be set up at Tala. Also some norms and rules should be framed for the paying guest accommodation. A strong check on quality of services as well as norms for tariff should also be framed through the formation of hotel association at the place.

    10.3. CAFETERIAS/RESTAURANTS :

    It is strongly recommended that some quality/classified restaurants/cafeterias/branded fast food outlets offering quality services, variety food and nice ambience should be set up in Bandhavgarh. Also a few cafeteria should be opened up within the BNP.

    10.4. INFORMATION DISSEMINATION/PAMPHLETS :

    At all the major tourist spots world over, the information booklet or literature about the place is available free of charge (or the cost is included in the ticket price). And people do not mind paying for it as they are getting authentic information about the site through it. So, we recommend that attractive booklets providing reliable information should be provided to tourists at the ticket counter.

    10.5. IMPROVEMENT IN HYGIENE CONDITION :

    For improving the image perception of the state, it is recommended that hygiene condition of Bandhavgarh (Tala) should be improved.

    10.6. SIGNAGES :

    It is recommended that more number of signages and hoarding about the location, history, attractions, maps and signages/hoarding impinging cleanliness on tourists be placed at appropriate places in and around Bandhavgarh.

    10.7. NATURALIST :

    For the satisfaction of a nature lover, as well for scholars it is recommended that more number of naturalists should be trained and categorized and made available at BNP.

    10.8. STREET LIGHTS/ELECTRICITY :

    The electricity supply in Bandhavgarh area need to be increased and electric polls for street-lighting should be installed at various places in Bandhavgarh.

    10.9. BUS TERMINUS :

    The bus terminus at Bandhavgarh (Tala) need to be developed with basic facilities for the public like ticket window, cloak room, benches, toilet and drinking water facility, etc.

    10.10. MAINTENANCE OF THE MONUMENTS/SITES WITHIN NATIONAL PARK :

    The monuments and sites within the national park area like Sheshaiya, Badi Gufa and Bandhavgarh Fort should be properly maintained and conserved for the preservation of rich cultural heritage and promoting the tourism.

    10.11. ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES/FILM SHOWS :

    It is recommended that entertainment activities/film shows should be started in Bandhavgarh. Activities like film shows, angling, nature trails, etc can be immediately started.

    10.12. SHOPPING COMPLEXES :

    Shopping complexes should be constructed and some good shops should be set up there.

    10.13. TOURIST POLICE STATION :
    In order to ensure the safety and security of the tourist, a tourist police station should be set up at Bandhavgarh.

    10.14. TELECOMMUNICATIONS :
    Telecommunication need to be improved at Bandhavgarh.

    XI C ONCLUSION

    Bandhavgarh National Park has excellent tourism potential. But it lacks the basic infrastructure to attract and hold the tourist for longer duration

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