Raipur: India's biggest man-made 'Jungle Safari' will come up on 200 acres in Naya Raipur, the high-tech city set to replace Raipur as Chhattisgarh's new capital next month.

Chief Minister Raman Singh performed 'bhoomi pujan' ritual and laid the foundation stone of the project at Khandwa village on Thursday.

Cabinet colleagues and top officials of the forest department attended. "The project is expected to be completed within two years. It'll be an ideal place for tourists," Dhirendra Sharma, principal chief conservator of forests, told reporters.

"Jungle Safari has been divided into eight zones. It will have wild animals moving freely in natural surroundings. The visitors will be able to watch the animals sitting in covered vehicles in a pollution-free environment," he said.

There will be safaris for tigers, lions and bears and some other wild animals. The project would comprise of a zoo and 52 hectares covered by a reservoir. The visitors will be able to spot ghariyals, exotic fish and birds at the reservoir. Located around 20 km from Raipur, Naya Raipur is said to be India's first greenfield city.

It will have five-star hotels, special economic zones, a garment park, a residential township with a golf course, amusement park, super-specialty hospitals, commercial office space, museums, entertainment parks, botanical garden, an education hub, malls and a sports complex.


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