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Gir gate revenue up 29%

Officials said that from April 1, 2012 to January 15, 2013 the park recorded an income of Rs. 3.86 crore in entry fees. The annual income from April 1, 2011 to March 31, 2012 was Rs 3.9 crore. Officials said the last year, during the same period, income was Rs 2.97 crore. An officials said this meant a 29% increase in revenue.

Officials said that the increase in revenue was not because the department had increased the number of tourists or increased fees.

The revenue increase was because of effective planning and coordination. During the peak season, the department has begun using 20-seater buses instead of jeeps. As result the number of tourists has increased. Secondly, the department decided to ensure round the clock flow of tourists,"  said  Sandeep Kumar, deputy Conservator  of Forests, Headquarters, Sasan.

Earlier, an average of 8 to 10 vehicles entered the Park in the lean season, this year the number has gone beyond 80 vehicles per day. Kumar said tourists who plan their visits from outside and make advance bookings are advised to avoid holidays and plan for the lean season. This has worked. Kumar said that Devaliya Safari Park, which was not promoted in the past also has seen a large number of visitors.

                                                       The Times of India, Ahmedabad, 20th January, 2013