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Dalma gets cosy with new getaway

Four cottages and a food court near Makulakocha on the foothills of Dalma are ready to greet visitors.

Forest officials said they were awaiting release of state funds to install electrical appliances and fix furniture at the retreat, located nearly 25km from the steel city and near one of the entry points of the wildlife sanctuary.

“The cottages and food court are ready. Once the government releases funds, we will install ACs, TVs and buy furniture. We are sanguine that the facility will be inaugurated by June,” Dalma range officer Mangal Kashyap told The Telegraph.

The officer added that four ACs would be installed at the food court, while one each would be meant for the double-bed cottages. “There are attached toilets and small verandahs at each of the huts. Cupboards are already in place and small study tables will be procured once funds come in. Each of the cottages is located close to the deer park,” Kashyap said.

Currently, workers are busy with landscaping work and installation of fountains at the retreat’s manicured garden.

A kitchen and four small rooms are added facilities. “We will allow research students to use the four rooms. Visitors can also choose to stay in the rooms by paying a nominal tariff,” the range officer said.

Kashyap added that the forest department would decide the rates. “But the tariff will definitely be lower than the hotels dotting NH 33,” he said.

The four-hectare premises that house the cottages is perhaps the only of its kind in the forest belt of Jharkhand.

“I am sure the facility will attract visitors. We are determined to offer quality comfort and good food to visitors,” the range officer said.

The Rs 52-lakh-project is being executed by the state forest department and is sponsored by Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority under the Union ministry of environment and forests.

A bamboo hut and a four-room dormitory-styled guesthouse already exist near Makulakocha. A three-room guesthouse at Pinderbera is an added advantage for visitors who want to go uphill.