Satkosia Gorge – The First Eco Village Of Odisha Is At Nayagarh’s Muduligadia
The first eco village of Odisha is been at Nayagarh’s Muduliguda! Is it so hard to believe? That’s true. The eco tourism model of Odisha is been among one of the unique and promising models in the country where the entire revenue is supposed to be generated from different eco tourism projects and that goes to community in the form of their wages and rest gets back for the management of nature camps. Muduliguda is a commonplace and undistinguished village in the Nayagarh district that has earned the recognition of being the first eco village of the state. Situated across Satkosia Gorge, the village lies on the banks of Mahanadi River and here villagers have actually set an example of preserving the natural environment via a business model.
With the grasp and restraint of wildlife segment of Forest department, village communities have actually come out forward in order to cater a better life to the future generation. At an approximate 2 km distance away from Badmul ecotourism project, about 30 local community members and some villagers had put 12 tents on the sand bed and managed executing the work. Each house in the village is been repaired and adorned with traditional wall paintings and colourful and lively verandahs crafted by villagers to make them look attractive and dynamic. Villagers have formed EDC – Eco Development Committee and also devised a mechanism to make that eco tourism project self sustained. To welcome residents and tourists, roads and trees got decorated. All the 35 houses in the village are using LPG rather than firewood, as per the stats from the last three years. In accord to the EDC President, Sumanta Das said, “The lifestyle of the villagers has improvised to a large and all thanks to the ecotourism project that has provided employment opportunities to them along with helping in changing lives of communities who were dependent entirely on forests”.
The eco village project has also make people aware of the nature and resources conservation and its benefits along with generating more employment opportunities. The landscape now boasts of having absolutely zero poaching, zero fire and zero dependence on forests. In return, the community helped in enhancing the health of forest area and wildlife population. Out of the total revenue that is generated from the online booking of the tents, 35% goes to the eco tourism group handling the destinations as the part of their salaries, 25% goes to the recurring expenses on day to day food and maintenance, 10% goes to infrastructure development, 10% for EDC and rest 20% for corpus fund and Government revenue. The Mahanadi Wildlife Division, DFO Anshu Pragyan Das said that each household is earning Rs. 15,000 per month on an average every year. Their lives have transformed from just collecting and selling the forest produce to the livelihood that includes the planning and management of the eco tourism property and project. The best part is that women are actively participating and contributing in the eco tourism project management.
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