Now, pay to visit Cotigao butterfly park
The forest department will soon levy an entry fee for visitors at the butterfly park in the Cotigao wildlife sanctuary and officials are hoping promoters of commercial interests may find the spot ideal for their outdoor shoots.
The opening of the butterfly park last year is drawing local and foreign visitors to Hathipal, at the entry point of the sanctuary. Spread over more than 3,000 sq m, the park has over 25 species of butterflies in thousands and it has a potential to become a tourist attraction.
"Adults will be charged 20 per head and children 10 per head, while 2,500 will be charged for commercial photography," a forest department official said. The department officials are hoping to rake in some revenue for the maintenance of the park.
A proposal for introduction of entry fee had been put up before the Goa state wildlife advisory board. "The rates proposed by the department have been agreed by the board," said conservator of forests D N Carvalho.
The commercial use may range from photographers wanting to shoot the multi-coloured flying wonders or some film producer using the background for a film sequence.
A few of the species that can be seen here are Southern Birdwing, Common Jay, Spot Sword Tail, Lime Butterfly and other species.
The department will also appoint honorary wildlife wardens in North and South Goa districts to monitor wildlife. "Five wardens will be appointed for each district," an official said.
The objective of appointing them is to regulate protected areas. "They report wildlife offences in their jurisdiction," the official added.
The department will also revive awards for civilian staff involved in protection work on turtle nesting beaches or elsewhere. [TOI]