Nitish opens eco-friendly tourist attraction

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Rajgir, Jan 29 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumartoday took a tonga ride and opened the first ever eco-friendly, green and clean tourist destination at Rajgirhills at Ghoda Katora with facilities of adventure games,including tracking, rope climbing and para-sailing.

Kumar, accompanied by state Tourism minister Sunil KumarPinto, Planning Development minister Narendra N Yadav, Minesand Geology minister S N Arya and top officials of the stateTourism and Forest departments, took a tonga ride andtravelled a distance of 6.5 km from Vishwa Shanti stupa basehere to open the facilities.

The facilities like adventure games including tracking,rope climbing and para-sailing have come up, for the firsttimeat any tourist spot in the state.

The place is nearly 6.5 km away from the ropeway site atRajgir, the journey to the lake can be done on bicycles andthe spot has been developed as an ecological zone.

The tourists visiting the destination would be providedbicycles free of cost and they will be available near theropeway. No fuel operated vehicle would be allowed as we wantthe area pollution free, Kumar said, adding more facilitieswould be added to the centre.

Chief Minister said the place had tourism potential whichhad earlier remained untapped and it would attract thetouristsvisiting Rajgir to see Buddhist and Jain monument and sites.

Portable toilets have also been set up there to keep thearea pollution free.

While tracking and rope climbing would be available onregular basis, para-sailing would be available on specialoccasions, he added.

Several school students and probationary officers ofdifferent state services participated in tracking at theinaugural function.

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