Critical Study of Bandhavgarh as Tourist Destination of
Madhya Pradesh Tourism


By

Prof. Sanjay Payasi
MSc, MCA, MDSE, FDP
Registrar
Maharana Pratap Group of Colleges
Amla, Amarpura Road, Near Ratibad, Bhopal-462044

Professor (Dr.) N.C. Jain
M.Com, Ph.D, LLB
Professor & Former Dean
Faculty of Commerce
Govt. College
Mandideep, Distt. Raisen

Mrs. Sushma Sharma
MCom, Ph.D.–Research Scholar
Asst. Professor
Unique College
Jawahar Chowk, T.T. Nagar, Bhopal-462003
 


1.  INTRODUCTION

Development of necessary infrastructure and facilities at any tourist destination is the first and most important step in maximizing the tourist satisfaction and for the promotion of that destination itself as major tourist attraction. The objective of the deficiency study conducted by Madhya Pradesh Tourism was to identify the deficiencies in the tourist destination in terms of urban infrastructure, management of civic services including garbage and solid waste disposal, management and implementation of forest and environment related projects and up gradation of electrical and water supply system.

2.   METHODOLOGY

The survey was divided in three parts:

* Primary survey of destination: A primary survey of the destination was done. The survey instrument was designed to examine the primary attributes/deficiencies in the urban infrastructure like rail/road/air connectivity, accommodation, transport system, food/beverage quality & availability, water electricity supply, information mechanism, etc. as well as secondary destination attributes like shopping complexes, multiplexes, flyovers, ropeways, signages, etc.

* Reports & statements of the government department/authorities concerned: The study instrument was designed to get first hand information from all the concerned departments/authorities like rail, road, air, forest, M.P. Ecotourism Development Board, District Collector office, Municipal Corporation, concerned voluntary organizations, etc regarding their developmental projects under implementation or under pipeline for the development of the destination.

* Visitor survey: Random and unbiased visitor survey from the cross-section of visitors available at the destination was also done to get their feedback and suggestions.

I GENERAL
INFORMATION

1.1.   Place

BANDHAVGARH

1.2.   District

Umaria

1.3.   Location

Umaria district is located to the North East of   Madhya Pradesh. 

1.4.   Latitude

23.30 N (of Umaria)

1.5.   Longitude

80.53 E (of Umaria)

1.6.   Area

694.682 Sq. KM. (Core Area)
437 Sq. KM. (Buffer Area)
105 Sq. KM. (Open Area for Tourist)

1.7.   Population

Total 515963, (26800 Total Only Umaria)

1.8.   Literacy 

Total 59.10 %
 Male 72.10%
Female 44.50%

    1.9.   Gram Panchayat/ Nagar Panchayat

Gram Panchayat


1.10.    Places of Tourist Interest



Bandhavgarh Fort :

Bandhavgarh is the name of tehsil in Umaria District. Formerly it was the capital of the Bandhavgarh Kingdom of the Magha dynasty, then the head-quarters of the tehsil. At present its headquarters is Umaria.

The fort of Bandhavgarh is a place of considerable archaeological and historical importance.

It is a natural impregnable fort and stands on a hill, at an attitude of about 2430 metres above sea-level. The Bamnia hill is also a part of the fort, because it is enclosed by a rampart. The fort is on the Rewa-Umaria road, at a distance of about 41Km from Umaria Town.



National Park :

Bandhavgarh is a new National Park with a very long history. Set among the Vindhya hills of Madhya Pradesh with an area of 168sq miles (437sq kms) it contains a wide variety of habitats and a high density of game, including a large number of Tigers. This is also the White tiger country. These have been found in the old state of Rewa for many years. The last known was captured by Maharaja Martand Singh in 1951. This white Tiger, Mohun is now stuffed and on display in the Palace of Maharaja of Rewa.

Geography Flora & Fauna : There are 32 hills in this part of the park, which has a large natural fort at its center. The fort's cliffs are 2625 feet (800 meters) high, 1000 feet (300 meters) above the surrounding countryside. Over half the area is covered by Sal forest although on the upper slope it is replaced by mixed forest of sal, saj, dhobin, and saja. Winter temperatures (Nov-mid-February) vary from almost freezing at night to around 68 degree Fahrenheit in the daytime. Summer nights are also cooler than the daytime temperature, which rises to 104 degree Fahrenheit. This park is closed during the breeding season, which coincides with the monsoon (July-October). Rainfall in the park averages 50 inches (120cm) per year.

1.11.  History :

Bandhagarh National Park is a Park with a rich historical past. Prior to becoming a national park, the forests around Bandhavgarh had long been maintained as a Shikargah, or game preserve, of the Maharajas and their guests.

In 1947 Rewa State was merged with Madhya Pradesh; Bandhavgarh came under the regulations of Madhya Pradesh. The Maharaja of Rewa still retained the hunting rights. No special conservation measures were taken until 1968, when the areas were constituted as a national park. Since then, numerous steps have been taken to retain Bandhavgarh National Park as an unspoilt natural habitat.

The tourism zone of the park that is regarded by most people, as 'Bandhavgarh' is actually a small part of the reserve. This 105 km². Of Jungle, known as Tala range, is richest in terms of biodiversity and yes –tigers, but there are four more ranges in the reserve namely –Magdhi, Kallwah, Khitauli and Panpatha. Together, these five ranges comprise the 'Core' of the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve – a total area of 694 km². There is then, the 'buffer' as well. The buffer is spread over the forest divisions of Umaria and Katni and totals another 437 km². The legal status as a national park dates back to 1968, but was enjoyed by only the present Tala range for a considerable length of time. It was only in 1993 that the present scheme of things was put in place.

THE INVALUABLE HERITAGE

The park :
Bandhavgarh (the present Tala Range) enjoyed almost complete protection under the Maharajas of Rewa during the pre-independence era. The jungle though had a price to pay for the considerable protection afforded by the Maharajas, Bandhavgarh was a declared game reserve and the Royal family exclusive hunting privileges.

The protection afforded to the Park by the Rajahs ensured that the forest would change hands to the next generation. And after state reorganization in 1956, it didn't take long for the State of Madhya Pradesh to realize the ecological importance Park in 1968

* The caves

'There are 39 caves in the Bandhavgarh fort and in the surrounding hillocks up to a radius of about 5 km. The oldest cave is of 1st century. Several caves carry inscriptions in Brahmi script. Some caves have embossed figure such as those of tiger, pig, elephant and horseman. Badi gufa, the largest cave, has broad entrance, nine small rooms and several pillars. It has been dated back to the 10th century. The cave appears to be primitive lacking the elaborate statues and carvings seen in the caves of Buddhist period. Its purpose remains mystery.

* The Fort

No records are available to show when Bandhavgarh fort was constructed. It is thought, however, to be some 2000 years old, and there are references to it in the ancient books, the "Narad-Panch Ratra" and the 'Shiva Purana". Various dynasties have ruled the fort: for example, The Mauryans from 3rd century BC, Vakataka rulers from 3rd to 5th century the Sengars from 5th century and the Kalachuris from 10th century. In the 13th century, the Baghels took over, ruling from Bandhavgarh until 1617, when Maharaja Vikramaditya Singh moved his capital to Rewa. The last inhabitants deserted the fort in 1935.

MAKING OF A TIGER LAND

The Maharajas of Rewa, as historians would call Baghels realized that a most marvelous jungle had sprung up around the deserted fort of Bandhavgarh and that large and fierce beasts of strength roamed within its folds. Chivalry was the most prized virtue of Rajput Kings, and what nobler proof could be furthered for its possession than slaying of the most ferocious all the beasts – the Tiger! So, Bandhavgarh was declared a game reserve with only the royal family having rights of hunting the fierce animal. But, they put the fence rather high, so far as Chivalry.

BIRTH OF A PROTECTED AREA

The year of 1972 was the year of the expression of the firm resolve of Indian People to save their wilderness and wildlife. Project tiger happened and then the Wildlife Protection Act 1972 came. It was realized that protection of just the 105 km². of prime Bandhavgarh habitat was not enough, so in 1982, three more ranges namely, Khitauli, Magdhi and Kallawah were added to Tala range (the original Bandhavgarh National Park) to extend the area of Bandhavgarh to 448 km². As Project tiger extended its activities and area of influence, Bandhavgarh was taken in its folds in 1993, and a core of 694 km². Including the previously named ranges and the Panpatha Sanctuary along with a buffer area of 437 km². Was declared as the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve.

1.12.   Rail, Road & Air Connectivity  :

A. Rail connectivity
: The nearest railway stations are Jabalpur (164 km), Katni (102 km), and Satna 120 km) on the Central Railway and Umaria (35 km) on the South-Eastern Railway.

B.  Road connectivity: State / private transport buses ply between Katni and Umaria and from Satna and Rewa to Tala (Bandhavgarh). Taxis are available at Satna, Jabalpur,Katni, Umaria, Bilaspur ( 300 km) and Khajuraho to NH 07 Katni (92 kms). The state highway passing through it is SH-10 (Katni-Barhi-Tala)

C.  Air connectivity: Nearest airport is at Jabalpur (164 km). The most convenient route to Bandhavgarh is to fly from Delhi to Khajuraho from where it is a five and a half hour drive (237 km). Though long, the drive is interesting. The road crosses the Ken river, some stretches of which have been declared a crocodile sanctuary famous for Ghariyal, a rare fish eating crocodile. It then goes past Panna town, famous for its diamond mines, to Satna, the midway point from where it branches off on a subsidiary road across ridges of the Vindhyachal to Bandhavgarh.

Entrance to the park is form Tala, A small village on Umaria-Rewa state highway. Private transport buses are available from Umaria (32 km.), Amarpatan (80km.), Shahdol (102km.) and Rewa (105km.) to reach Tala.  Nearest railway stations are Umaria (32km.), Jabalpur (164km.),  Katni (92km.) and Satna (120km.). Jabalpur (164km.) and Khajuraho (237km.) are the nearest airport.

II MAP



III URBAN
INFRASTRUCTURE

3.1. HOTELS
:

Bandhavgarh National Park is a tiger reserve and most densely tiger populated national park in India. So visitors from all over the world visit this national park. But quality accommodation is a grave problem in the area. There are only seven moderate hotels in the area offering a total of 156 rooms. The tariffs are too high as compared to the quality of facilities and services the hotels offer, causing a great dissatisfaction amongst the visitors. There are some other inferior grade hotels available, but the services and facilities they offer are damaging the image of Bandhavgarh National Park.

* Name          Bandhavgarh Jungel Lodge
Location         Near Tala Gram
Category        2 star
No. of rooms   20 Non A/c
Tariff             Booking from Delhi Office

* Name          White Tiger Forest Lodge Bandhavgarh
Location         Main Road Tala Gram
Category        Unclassified
No. of rooms   14 A/c 24 Non A/c
Tariff             Rs. 1640 to Rs. 2490

* Name          Maharaja Retreat Heritage Hotel
Location         Main Road Tala
Category        Unclassified
No. of rooms   04 A/c 04 Non A/c
Tariff             Rs. 3500 to Rs. 4500 ( Safari + Swimming
                    Pool + Library + Food )

* Name          Royal Tiger Resort
Location         Main Road Tala Gram
Category        Budget Hotel
No. of rooms   01 A/c 21 Non A/c
Tariff             Rs. 2000 to Rs. 2500

* Name          Hotel Tiger Trail
Location         Main Road Tala
Category        Unclassified
No. of rooms   02 A/c 18 Non A/c
Tariff             Rs. 1800 to Rs. 2400 ( With Safari)

* Name          Hotel Nature Heritage
Location         Tala Gram
Category        Unclassified
No. of rooms   02 A/c 20 Non A/c
Tariff             Rs. 1500 to Rs. 1750

* Name          Hotel Tiger Den
Location         Main Road Tala
Category        Unclassified
No. of rooms   11 A/c 15 Non A/c
Tariff             Rs. 1800 to Rs. 2500 ( Plus 10% Tax)

3.1.1. Deficiency Observed: Insufficient accommodation, high tariffs & inferior quality   services

The accommodation available in Bandhavgarh neither meets the quality norms nor the quantity requirements. There is high dissatisfaction and grievance amongst the visitors that they are overcharged for the inferior quality facilities and services. The number of rooms available is also insufficient at the place. The quality and variety of food is also pathetic in Bandhavgarh.

3.2. RESTAURANTS/CAFETERIAS :

There is no cafeteria/restaurant/fast food center/refreshment center available in Bandhavgarh National park and in Tala gram. Only a few lower quality Dhabas are available at park and at Tala.

The four Dhabas available in Tala are:

(I) Pavan Dhaba  (II) Banshi Dhaba,
(III) Hans Dhaba  (IV) Nandu Dhaba

3.3. TOUR OPERATORS & TRAVEL AGENTS :

There are only two tour operators and travel agents active in Bandhvagarh (Tala) & Umaria, which are basically the franchisee of bigger tour operators located at metros.

* Names  : Rishi Tours & Travels
Addresses : Near Petrol Pump, Tala Gram

* Names  : Shahil Tours & Travels
Addresses : Umaria

3.4.    TRANSPORTATION & ROADS :

The condition of roads connecting to Tala as well the roads within the Bandhavgarh National Park area are bad. A patch of 6 km connecting to Tala from Umaria is in pathetic condition and the reason behind its poor shape is the non-approval of the forest department to construct road in the forest area. Also no public transportation is available from Umaria to Bandhavgarh. One can only resort to private taxis for reaching Bandhavgarh from Umaria, subject to their availability.

3.4.1.  Deficiency Observed

The deficiencies observed are:

a) Poor condition of approach road and internal roads within BNP
b) The park is not fenced and the vehicles on the approach road to Tala are prone to tiger attack as it is densely populated tiger reserve area.
c) Non-availability of public transport.
d) Private taxis are also not always available.

3.5.    SIGNAGES & HOARDINGS :

Signages & hoardings are very important components of any urban infrastructure. Besides helping the visitors in locating & knowing the place, it build the image perception of the city in the minds of visitors. Signages are barely visible on highways and main roads connecting or passing through Umaria or other tourist destinations.

3.5.1.  Deficiency Observed

Except for few signages and hoardings at the entrance gate of the Bandhagarh National Park (overcrowded with hoardings & signages), signages and hoardings about the BNP are barely visible at any other place on highways, main roads, Umaria or at other tourist destinations and in Tala. Signages and hoardings on cleanliness are also missing at the national park and in Tala.

3.6. PRESERVATION, CONSERVATION, MAINTENANCE OF MONUMENTS/SITES WITHIN  NATIONAL PARK :

The monuments/sites inside the Bandhagarh National Park like Sheshiya, Badi Gufa and Fort, etc are not at all maintained and beautified. The access to Fort is also very difficult.

3.6.1.  Deficiency Observed

No maintenance of historical monuments/sites within the national park area.

3.7.    TOURIST POLICE:

Safety and security of the tourists is very important in promoting the tourism at any place. Tourist police plays very important role here.

3.7.1.  Deficiency Observed

The village has no tourist police station and the tourists have no remedy in case of threat on safety issues.

3.8.    AVAILABILITY OF LEAFLETS/PAMPHLETS :

Information leaflets are available only at the hotel of MP Tourism – White Tiger Forest Lodge and the information books are available at the shop of Eco Development Committee at the entrance gate of Park. This booklet should be made available free with the ticket (or they may include the cost of literature in ticket price).

3.8.1. Deficiency observed

Non-availability of the high quality and attractive booklet/leaflet providing reliable information about the park and monuments there.

3.9.    SOUVENIR/HANDICRAFT SHOPS :

Handicraft/souvenir shops are favorite shopping places of tourist as they want to take home the memories of the place.

3.9.1.  Deficiency Observed

There are a few souvenir/handicraft shops available at Tala and also near the entrance gate of the park. But there is no locally produced handicraft item in the shops. Also the  quality and variety of handicrafts/souvenir is a matter of concern.

3.10.   GUIDES/NATURALISTS :

Entrance in Bandhvagarh National Park is not permitted without a guide in your Gypsy. There are 41 guides available at the Main entrance gate of the park and 17 at the second gate. However no naturalist is available at BNP.

3.10.1. Deficiency Observed

The number of guides is satisfactory. And on requirement more number of guides are made available. But there is no naturalist available in BNP for higher knowledge thirst about nature to the visitors.

3.11.   ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES/FILM SHOWS :

Entertainment activities, film shows about the park and on tigers make the visit to the national park more interesting and exciting. There is also one film show stage attached to the interpretation center at Tala. But there is no film screening on it.

3.11.1. Deficiency Observed

Apart from the BNP, there  is no other entertainment activity in the village. The village also lacks the screening of film shows, despite the fact that there exists a film stage at Interpretation center.

3.12.   SHOPPING MALLS :

The Tala village lacks even the basic shops providing necessary commodities and products. and there are no good shopping junctions. The city lacks even the basic shopping outlets for necessary shopping.

3.12.1. Deficiency Observed

Lacks even the basic shops providing the routine items and necessary commodities/products.

3.13.   BUS TERMINUS :

The bus terminus is in ghastly shape. It lacks the basic infrastructure to give it a feeling of bus terminal.

3.13.1. Deficiency Observed

Bus terminus lacks waiting room, ticket window, cloak room, toilet, drinking water facility, etc. The garbage dumps are a common problem at bus terminus also.

3.14.    TELECOMMUNICATIONS :

In today's fast moving world, communication is the basic necessity of every person. Bandhavgarh, despite being highly visited tourist destination, lacks basic mobile telephony. Except for the BSNL cellular services, no other mobile services are available in the city giving it an impression of remote village.

IV M
ANAGEMENT OF CIVIC SERVICES INCLUDING GARBAGE & SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL

4.1. HYGIENE :

Hygiene condition at Bandhavgarh National Park is satisfactory, but requires immediate attention outside National park in Tala.

4.1.1.  Deficiency Observed

The hygiene condition in Tala is very poor and garbage dumps could be found at various places even near the main gate of the park

4.2.    TOILET :

Only one toilet is available at the entrance gate of the park for visitors. The toilet has poor visibility and there is no signboard for it. So, it remains hidden and the visitors feel that there is no toilet facility at park

4.3.    DRINKING WATER FACILITY :

There is one water cooling system installed at the main gate of the park, which is not in working condition. Also the face of the water cooling unit is opposite to the road and it is barely visible to the tourists.

4.4.    MODE OF SOLID WASTE AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL :

Solid waste is disposed in Tala in the traditional mode. Though the district administration of Umaria is implementing a programme on Solid Waste Management at a cost of Rs 101 lakh. For details please see the section VIII.

V I
MPLEMENTATION AND MANAGEMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & FOREST RELATED PROJECTS

Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education &  Research (BVIEER), a voluntary organization, based in Pune, is undertaking a comprehensive conservation education programme at Bandhavgarh National Park. for the  villagers and school children.

However the programme tenure will end in March 2007 after which the temporary office of BVIEER will be removed from Bandhavgarh.

VI U
PGRADATION OF ELECTRICAL AND WATER SUPPLY DISTRIBUTION INFRASTRUCTURE

6.1.    ELECTRICITY SUPPLY :

The electricity supply in Tala is insufficient and there are frequent power cuts and failures. There are no street lights in the Tala village and the whole village goes in deep sleep after 7.00 pm. Except for the private lights coming from the shops, the whole village is covered under darkness.

The Gram Panchayat/district administration has not taken any steps to increase the  electricity supply to Bandhavgarh or increase the capacity of transformer, neither any efforts are being made to provide street light facilities in the area.

6.2.    WATER SUPPLY :

6.2.1.  Present water supply scenario in Bandhavgarh (Tala)

The present water supply in Tala is sufficient.

For improving the water supply condition, the district administration of Umaria has submitted proposal under UIDSSMT scheme of the government of India and one other project for upgradation of water supply in Umaria district including Bandhavgarh.

VII O
BSERVATIONS AT TOURIST PLACES

The various observations made at Bandhavgarh are:

* Insufficient signages (available only at entrance gate)
* One government and three private souvenir/handicraft shops
* Only two dust bins in the entire park area
* No first-aid facilities
* No hospital in Tala. Only one clinic with Compounder.
* The nearest hospital/doctor is in Manpur
* No high school in the village.
* No street lights
* Poor hygiene condition in Tala.
* Poor telecommunication system in Tala

VIII P
ROJECTS PROPOSED & UNDER IMPLEMENTATION

8.1.    PROJECTS PROPOSED :

* Name of project                                   Up gradation of Existing Water Supply
Cost                                                     61.6 Lakh
Details of project                                    Sedimentation Tank, Over head
                                                           Tank, Anikut upgrade, Water
                                                           supply line. 
Unique features/specialties                       Sedimentation Tank, Water supply
                                                           line
Department/authority responsible               Municipal Council Umaria
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        Ministry of Local Self Department
                                                           the project
(Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

* Name of project                                   UIDSSMT
Cost                                                     Under Construction
Details of project                                    Water supply, Sewage, Solid
                                                           Waste Disposal, Upgradation of
                                                           Road, drains construction &
                                                           improvement
Unique features/specialties                       Sewage, Water supply, Road
Department/authority responsible               Municipal Council Umaria
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        Govt. of India & M.P. Ministry of
the project
Urban Development
(Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

* Name of project                                   BRGF(Backward Region Grant Fund)
Cost                                                     4 Crore (Approximate)
Details of project                                    Road, Drain, Water supply,
                                                           Construction work etc.   
Time limit for completion of project             03 years
Department/authority responsible               Municipal Council Umaria
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        C.E.O. Zila Panchayat, Nagriya
the project                                            Prasasan Umariya
(Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

* Name of project                                   Mandla – Niwas – Shahpura –
                                                                          Umaria (130km.)
Cost                                                     53.77 crores
Details of project                                    Road construction
Department/authority responsible               Tender called
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        MPRDC Ltd.
the project
(Source: MPRDC)

8.2. PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED :

* Name of project                                   IDSMT
Cost                                                     203.14 Lakh
Details of project                                    New Bus Stand, Stadium, Squares,
                                                           Shopping Complex, Mandi etc.
Unique features/specialties                       Construction of New Bus Stand,
                                                           Shopping complex, Square and
                                                           Mandi etc.
Time limit for completion of project             03 years
Department/authority responsible               Municipal Council Umariya
 for implementation
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        Govt. of India Ministry of Urban
the project                                            Development
(Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

*
Name of project                                   Solid Waste Management 
Cost                                                     101 Lakh
Details of project                                    Trenching Ground, Filling,
                                                           Composed, Collection of solid
                                                           waste 
Unique features/specialties                       Trenching Ground
Time limit for completion of project             05 years
Department/authority responsible               Municipal Council Umariya
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        Department of Environment and
the project                                            M.P. Pollution Board
(Source: Municipal Corporation Umaria)

* Name of project                                   Small bridge construction in
                                                                         Checharha Nala at banskar
                                                                         Mohalla

Cost                                                     4.810 Lakh
Details of project                                    construction work
Department/authority responsible               Gram Panchayat
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning    
the project
(Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

* Name of project                                   Small bridge construction in
                                                                         Checharha Nala at Bijhariya
                                                                          approach road
Cost                                                     3 Lakh
Details of project                                    construction work
Unique features/specialties  
Department/authority responsible               Gram Panchayat
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning   
the project
 (Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

* Name of project                                   Small bridge construction at
                                                                         Tala Ranchha approach road

Cost                                                     3 Lakh
Details of project                                    construction work
Department/authority responsible               Gram Panchayat
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning   
the project
(Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

* Name of project                                   CC Road construction
Cost                                                     4.950 Lakh
Details of project                                    Construction work
Department/authority responsible               Gram Panchayat
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning
the project
(Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria )

* Name of project                                   For development Work
Cost                                                     2.810 Lakh
Department/authority responsible               Gram Panchayat
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        12th finance Commission
the project
(Source of Information : Zila Panchayat Umaria)

* Name of project                                   For development Work
Cost                                                     8.640 Lakh
Department/authority responsible               Gram Panchayat
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        Rojgar Guarantee Yojana
the project
(Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

* Name of project                                   For development Work
Cost                                                     0.607 Lakh
Details of project 
Department/authority responsible               Gram Panchayat
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning        State Finance Commission
the project
(Source:Zila Panchayat Umaria)

* Name of project                                   Satna-Maihar-Umaria (141km.)
Cost                                                     54.22 crores
Details of project                                    Road construction
Department/authority responsible               MPRDC
Name of Ministry/authority sanctioning       MPRDC Ltd.
the project
(Source: MPRDC)

Name of project                                      Bandhavgarh Fort
Cost                                                     Rs 01 Lakh
Details of project                                    Conservation work
Time limit for completion of project             March 2007
Department/authority responsible               Dy. Director Jabalpur,
for implementation Archeology                   Archives & Museum
Name of Ministry/authority                        Ministry of Culture Govt. of M.P.
Sanctioning the project

IX V
ISITORS SURVEY

No. of Visitors Surveyed:

Indian : 03
Foreigners : 07
Total : 10

 

    No. of Visitors

 

GRADE

Excellent

Good

Average

Poor

Conclusion

Accommodation

0

3

4

3

Average

Food

0

5

1

4

Good

Rail

0

0

4

6

Poor

Road

0

5

3

2

Good

Means of Communications

0

0

2

8

Poor

Entertainment activities

0

0

4

6

Poor

Hygiene

0

2

3

5

Poor

Guide

2

5

3

0

Good

Signage

0

3

3

4

Poor

Information Broacher/Leaflet

0

0

2

8

Poor


Special Remarks of Visitors:

*
"It's a battle to communicate from Bandhavgarh. Cellular phones are not working, STD operators are handful and charging extravagantly for phone calls. Even no internet facility is available."
* "Reaching Bandhavgarh from Umaria itself is a memorable experience, a nightmare as we didn't get the taxi and we waited there for 4 hours. You should never go Bandhavgarh without making prior arrangements."

"The sight of Tiger at BNP makes you forget all the pains of journey. Wonderful park! Wonderful rendezvous with Tigers."

X R
ECOMMENDATIONS

10.1.   IMPROVEMENT IN CONDITION OF ROADS & TRANSPORTATION
:

The condition of approach roads and roads within the national park should be improved. The public transportation system should also be improved for better connectivity to Bandhavgarh

10.2.   ACCOMMODATION :

More number of hotels in approved category list (star-category) and budget hotels should be set up at Tala. Also some norms and rules should be framed for the paying guest accommodation. A strong check on quality of services as well as norms for tariff should also be framed through the formation of hotel association at the place.

10.3.   CAFETERIAS/RESTAURANTS :

It is strongly recommended that some quality/classified restaurants/cafeterias/branded fast food outlets offering quality services,  variety food and nice ambience should be set up in Bandhavgarh. Also a few cafeteria should be opened up within the BNP.

10.4.   INFORMATION DISSEMINATION/PAMPHLETS :

At all the major tourist spots world over, the information booklet or literature about the place is available free of charge (or the cost is included in the ticket price). And people do not mind paying for it as they are getting authentic information about the site through it. So, we recommend that attractive booklets providing reliable information should be provided to tourists at the ticket counter.

10.5.   IMPROVEMENT IN HYGIENE CONDITION :

For improving the image perception of the state, it is recommended that hygiene condition of Bandhavgarh (Tala) should be improved.

10.6.   SIGNAGES :

It is recommended that more number of signages and hoarding about the location, history, attractions, maps and signages/hoarding impinging cleanliness on tourists be placed at appropriate places in and around Bandhavgarh.

10.7.   NATURALIST :

For the satisfaction of a nature lover, as well for scholars it is recommended that more number of naturalists should be trained and categorized and made available at BNP.

10.8.   STREET LIGHTS/ELECTRICITY :

The electricity supply in Bandhavgarh area need to be increased and electric polls for street-lighting should be installed at various places in Bandhavgarh.

10.9.  BUS TERMINUS :

The bus terminus at Bandhavgarh (Tala) need to be developed with basic facilities for the public like ticket window, cloak room, benches, toilet and drinking water facility, etc.

10.10. MAINTENANCE OF THE MONUMENTS/SITES WITHIN NATIONAL PARK :

The monuments and sites within the national park area like Sheshaiya, Badi Gufa and Bandhavgarh Fort should be  properly maintained and conserved for the preservation of rich cultural heritage and promoting the tourism.

10.11. ENTERTAINMENT ACTIVITIES/FILM SHOWS :

It is recommended that entertainment activities/film shows should be started in Bandhavgarh. Activities like film shows, angling, nature trails, etc can be immediately started.

10.12. SHOPPING COMPLEXES :

Shopping complexes should be constructed and some good shops should be set up there.

10.13. TOURIST POLICE STATION :
In order to ensure the safety and security of the tourist, a tourist police station should be set up at Bandhavgarh.

10.14. TELECOMMUNICATIONS :
Telecommunication need to be improved at Bandhavgarh.

XI C
ONCLUSION

Bandhavgarh National Park has excellent tourism potential. But it lacks the basic infrastructure to attract and hold the tourist for longer duration

XII BIBLIOGRAPHY

Primary survey information

* Information received from guide
* Pamphlets and information brochure published by Madhya Pradesh Tourism
* www.mptourism.com
* www.wikipedia.com
* Information received from the office of District collector/magistrate
* CEO, Nagar Panchayat
* www.mp.nic.in/districts
* Visitors' Guide published by Madhya Pradesh Tourism
* Office of M.P. Ecotourism Development Board
* Archeological Survey of India
* Archeological Survey of Madhya Pradesh
* M.P. Road Development Corporation
* Madhya Pradesh Vikas Pradhikaran
* Department of town & Country planning
* Travel Agents Association of India
* www.travelagentsofindia.com
* www.fhrai.com
* Mandu Development Plan of Directorate of Town & Country planning
* www.mapsofindia.com
* Conservator of Forest

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Prof. Sanjay Payasi
MSc, MCA, MDSE, FDP
Registrar
Maharana Pratap Group of Colleges
Amla, Amarpura Road, Near Ratibad, Bhopal-462044

Professor (Dr.) N.C. Jain
M.Com, Ph.D, LLB
Professor & Former Dean
Faculty of Commerce
Govt. College
Mandideep, Distt. Raisen

Mrs. Sushma Sharma
MCom, Ph.D.–Research Scholar
Asst. Professor
Unique College
Jawahar Chowk, T.T. Nagar, Bhopal-462003
 

Source: E-mail December 28, 2012

          

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