The new sites are located in 13 forest divisions, Arukh said while responding to a question of Begunia legislator Prasanta Kumar Jagadev. These sites are in addition to the existing 42 eco-tourism facilities spread over 23 forest divisions.
The proposed eco-tourism sites are located in Nayagarh, Balasore, Khurda, Puri, Kandhamal, Phulbani, Keonjhar, Koraput, Sundargarh, Kalahandi and Berhampur. The divisional forest officers have earlier proposed the government for developing the sites to draw tourists.
Satkosia and Rajnagar wildlife divisions have maximum eco-tourism sites, followed by Karanjia division in Mayurbhanj district, according to sources.
The government will develop Manchabandhu in Baripada division, known for its lush sal forests, into an eco-tourism hub.