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bhujbal: Need to promote tourism to boost economic activities, says Bhujbal | Nashik News

Nashik: District Custodian Minister Chhagan Bhujbal on Sunday stressed the need to promote tourism to boost economic activities in the district.
Addressing the gathering during the closing program of the two-day bird festival at Nandur Madhyameshwar bird sanctuary in Niphad taluka, Bhujbal said one tourist provides employment for 80 people. Therefore, it is necessary to promote tourism and attract tourists to boost the economy.
He assured to provide all necessary facilities for tourists in Nandur Madhyameshwar wetland.
Various activities such as bird watching, bird identification, photography contest, drawing contest and bird cyclothon from Nashik City to Nandur Madhyameshwar were held during the two-day festival, funded by the state government.
The Nandur Madhyameshwar region is home to 536 species of aquatic and terrestrial plants, eight species of mammals, 265 species of birds, 24 species of freshwater fish and 41 species of butterflies.
Nandur Madhyameshwar Forestry Officer Shekhar Deokar said thousands of migratory birds arrive in the wetland every year between October and March. Tourist attendance also increases during this time every year. Around 2,500 tourists visited the bird sanctuary during the two-day festival.
“About 60% of migratory birds are still here in Nandur Madhyameshwar while 40,000 migratory birds have come to Nandur Madhyameshwar wetland since October last year,” Deokar said.
In January 2020, Nandur Madhyameshwar was declared a Ramsar site (a wetland site designated as being of international importance under the Ramsar convention), which was the first in Maharashtra. The coveted scientific tag would aid in the scientific conservation of the wetland.