To boost tourism in the state, the Haryana government is planning to have a lion safari at an area that is within 100 km from the national capital, an official said.
The plans for the safari were discussed at a meeting between the chief secretary and forest officials here today, he said.
"On the lines of the safari at Gir forest in Gujarat, we are planning to develop a lion safari in Gurugram to attract national and international tourists who visit Delhi," the official said.
The state government also wants to develop a part of it as a breeding centre, in a bid to increase the number of the wildcats in India, a senior wildlife officer said.
Officials have been directed to check the feasibility for the project and select a spot within 100 km from Delhi, the official said.
"The reason behind to set up this safari is that the safaris are at Gir and Etawah are far away from Delhi and Mumbai, and is not accessible to many
"We have chosen three probable places in Gurugram, Rewari and Mahendragarh districts for the project which requires 620 hectares of land. Long grassy space with tree shades are considered as ideal place for survival of lions," he said.
A team from Haryana will go to Gir and Etawah to study at their operations, the official said.
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