Months after announcing its plan to develop Sanjay Van in South Delhi as an ecotourism destination, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is reworking the plan and will once again invite private stakeholders to show interest by the end of this month.
A senior DDA official said the plan was to promote nature-based adventure activities.
“Only one company showed interest in the ecotourism project. We are reworking the plan to get a better response. The EOI will be invited next month. It’s just to see if firms will be interested in such a project. We will prepare a detailed tender document based on the response,” said the DDA official who asked not to be named.
In the reworked plan, a senior DDA official said, the project will not be presented as an ecotourism center. “We basically plan to promote nature-based adventure activities in the region. We are reworking the plan to incorporate other activities,” the manager said.
DDA officials said the idea was to use the forest area for recreation and environmental awareness.
Rock Climbing, Paragliding, Aerial Trails (Canopy Tour, Zipline, Valley Crossing, Burma Bridge Crossing), Forest Safari, Recreational Forest Cycling, Camping and Picnic Area, Stargazing Activities , bird watching, guided nature tour, flora and fauna observation excursions are some of the activities proposed by the DDA in its EOI document in September last year.
The land agency said fairs and festivals for the sustainability of local traditions can also be held, according to DDA officials.
A senior DDA official said, “Most of the activities mentioned in the previous document will remain as they are. We are just exploring other activities that can be included. We also explore the revenue models of the project. A company might not be interested in conducting all activities, so we are looking at other options. It remains to be finalized. »
Spread over 783 acres, Sanjay Van, which is maintained by the DDA, forms part of the South Central Ridge.
The green lung of the city can be accessed from Aruna Asaf Ali Road, Qutub Institutional Zone or from Aurobindo marg.
The land agency has been involved in the maintenance of this green belt, which was carved out of the south-central ridge in the 1970s, and has developed a few sites frequented by people.
The project will be developed on a public-private partnership basis to ensure optimal use of the new infrastructure. The private concessionaire will have to develop and operate the proposed facilities, said another DDA official who also asked not to be named.
“The idea is to create an economically self-sufficient system by making the best use of local resources and encouraging public interaction with nature. Currently, only people from nearby areas visit the Green Zone,” the official quoted above said.