Hyderabad: Telangana State Forest Development Corporation Limited (TSFDCL) is working on setting up two eco-tourism projects at Chintaguda, Mancherial district and Vizag Colony, Nalgonda district, facilitating people to relax and rejuvenate in the jungle ambiance. While the eco-tourism project at Chintaguda is to be developed in the vicinity of Kawal Tiger Reserve near River Godavari in an area of nearly six acres, the one at Vizag Colony will be coming up in the backwaters of Nagarjuna Sagar spread over 15 acres.
Already tenders have been floated inviting architects for designing and developing the eco-tourism project at Chintaguda and for Vizag Colony project, a Detailed Project Report (DPR) is being prepared, said TSFDCL Chairman B Narender Reddy. Speaking to presspersons after hoisting the national flag as part of Telangana State Formation Day celebrations here on Saturday, Reddy said plans were being made to set up a Bamboo Lumber Industry with an investment of 22.4 crore.
“Land has been identified at two locations in Narketpalli and Chityal. Already the DPR has been sent to Union government for necessary clearances which are expected soon,” he said. The corporation has achieved an all-time highest productivity in the harvesting of Eucalyptus Clonal plantation with the yield per hectare going up from 44.92 tonnes in 2012-13 to 87 tonnes in 2017-18. During last year, the corporation also harvested and supplied a quantity of 3 lakh MT pulpwood.
As part of the welfare measures for employees, all the existing 77 employees are proposed for LIC pension facility with the corporation bearing 70 per cent and the employees have to pay 30 per cent, Reddy added.