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Nitish Kumar tells officials that Karkatgarh Falls is Bihar’s top ecotourism destination | Patna News

PATNA: Bihar chief Nitish Kumar on Saturday asked officials to develop Karkatgarh Falls as an important ecotourism destination in the state.
Accompanied by senior officials from the Department of Tourism and the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Nitish visited the famous waterfall near the village of Karkatgarh in the Kaimur district on Saturday and gave officials several directions to develop the site as a major tourist destination.
The CM also ordered the opening of a canteen and the provision of a sufficient number of parking spaces for visitors. “A large number of people visit Karkatgarh all year round. For the convenience of tourists and local residents, it is necessary to equip a canteen and a parking lot,” Nitish said and asked officials to identify a place for arranging a parking lot.
In addition, the CM asked officials from the Department of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to build a well-furnished guest house in the forest next to the waterfall.
The CM also called for intensive planting in the nearby areas of the falls and the implementation of a water conservation plan around the falls.
While visiting the site, the CM told the officials that Karkatgarh is a unique waterfall where the water flows at high speed every time. He said the place would see more footsteps if it received positive publicity.
CM also visited the “clay house” and examined the clay paintings. Officials told CM that paintings and other works of art by local women would be displayed in the dugout. Nitish also visited the crocodile exhibition.
Earlier, the officials informed the CM about the activities carried out around the falls. They said that the waterfalls of Karkatgarh had a different meaning, as they were the natural habitat of crocodiles. “Its self-protecting reservoir is an important source of irrigation for nearby villages,” the official said.
“About 75 crocodiles were counted in the falls in 2016, suggesting that this is the natural habitat of crocodiles. Following this, Kaimur District forestry workers submitted a proposal to the state government to turn the site into a crocodile sanctuary,” a forestry official told TOI on Saturday.
As soon as KM arrived in Karkatgarh, a large number of representatives of local workers and politicians greeted him with bouquets of flowers.
According to old records, Karkatgarh Falls was a crocodile hunting ground for Mughal rulers and British officials who also came to enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna around the site. British officials built the Duck Bungalow, overlooking the falls, 300 feet wide and 100 feet high. British officials Henry Ramsay called this place the best waterfall surrounded by beautiful scenery.
Earlier Friday, Nitish Kumar visited the famous Kakolat Falls in Nawada District and reviewed the ongoing landscaping work he commissioned during his last visit to the tourist site in December 2018.

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