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Making Makulakocha a draw

- Hospitality professionals to run resort on Dalma foothills

The state forest department is planning to rope in a private player to run the newly built guesthouse at Makulakocha on Dalma foothills.

Range officer Mangal Kashyap said the forest department would soon float a tender for firms interested to manage the hilly hospitality hub.

“Currently, we are waiting for furniture to come from Ranchi. We would like to start greeting visitors from June. We want to outsource the retreat’s hospitality to professionals who can manage it without hassles. The tender will be floated soon,” said Kashyap.

The new guesthouse has four cottages, eight single rooms, a kitchen area and will soon boast a food court.

City-based NGO Kalamandir has shown interest in managing the new guesthouse and is in talks with the forest department.

The outfit is already already working for Rusika Sangeko, the state’s first rural tourism project a Amadubi.

The NGO has constituted a village tourism development committee for the Amadubi retreat. The model aims to give jobs to villagers by involving them in hospitality services such as catering food, helping tourists go sightseeing and entertaining them with vignettes of indigenous culture.

Functionaries of Kalamandir said they would implement the same model at the Makulakocha retreat if they were entrusted with running it.

“We have already spoken to some officials at the forest department. If we get opportunity, we will implement the Amadubi model here so that youths can earn,” said Amitava Ghosh, NGO secretary.

Kashyap confirmed that the department was in talks with Kalamandir authorities.

“NGO functionaries have already visited the Makulakocha guesthouse. Even I am thinking of visiting Amadubi to see how they are running the place,” he said.

Proper amenities at the Makulakocha guesthouse can prove to be a great draw as the other Dalma retreat at Pinderbera is attracting fewer tourists due to water scarcity. The situation isn’t expected to improve till monsoon.

“We can’t do anything (about Pinderbera) unless groundwater level comes up. As of now, we are focusing on the new guesthouse,” said Kashyap.