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Eco-tourism gets a fillip,wellness centres,cycling tracks planned

The Delhi Tourism department has invited proposals to develop a wellness centre at the Garden of Five Senses near Saket.

The Delhi Tourism department has invited proposals to develop a wellness centre at the Garden of Five Senses near Saket. This move is in line with the department’s promotion of eco-tourism at various locations across the city.

The initiative also includes two development projects along the Najafgarh drain with a plan to develop cycling tracks and a broad walkway in green spots at Chhawla and Kanganheri in the upstream reaches.

The Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation Ltd (DTTDC) has floated tenders for a transactional advisor,and hopes to appoint a private company to develop the two spots over the Najafgarh drain by early 2013.

According to the plan,which does not involve cutting trees,the department wants to develop a sunset point and a restaurant in the two-acre land at Chhawla. “A broad walkway would be developed over the trees to give a pleasant and greener view to tourists,” a Delhi tourism official said.

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About two-km upstream of Chhawla is another spot measuring 11 acres,which has been rounded off by the department at Kanganheri. “We have already created 12 platforms for tents to be set up. Toilets and bathrooms have also already been developed. The private player will now come with camping equipment. We have created a cycling track with barricades and the complex will also have a restaurant,” the official said.

Officials agree the quality of water in the Najafgarh drain is not good. “But it isn’t too bad either,since the water has fish. Water in the drain is cleaner upstream of Chhawla as compared to the rest of the drain,” the tourism official said.

The estimated cost for the development of the complex is Rs 4.5 crore,the official said.