The district administration has chosen the Chari Dhandh wetland to create basic facilities for tourists. The wetland is located on the edge of Banni grasslands and is spread over an area of 80 sq.km. It has already been internationally recognised as a Ramsar site due to migratory and endangered species of birds flocking into the area in thousands during monsoon and winters.
''Chari Dhandh is really unique not only for its natural surroundings but also for its bird population. I was amazed to see such a beautiful site despite the area being a dry district. In a district planning board meeting two days ago, it was decided that basic facilities be created immediately for tourists,'' said district collector R R Varsani.
Varsani also informed that the forest department has been asked to prepare a project for Chari Dhandh development along with Dhinodhar hills in Nakhatrana taluka. ''The idea is to make a circuit comprising Dhorado in interior Banni, Chari Dhandh and Dhinodhar. This will serve as one scenic route for nature lovers,'' he added.
District Planning officer, B J Thacker, supplemented the information by saying that the district has been getting special government grants for development of places of tourist interest for the past two years. He said that the year 2006-7 being a tourism year in the state, the government sanctioned Rs 2 crore; the following year, it stood at Rs.1.15 crore. The grant for the current year would be sanctioned only after the submission of the district plan, he said.
In the last two years, grants have been spent on developing existing places of tourist interest in the district such as Sunset point at Karo Dungar (Black hills) and a garden at the Pinglashwar sea beach. Thacker said that facilities at some religious places for the Scheduled castes have also been created at Luni in Mundra Taluka.