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Bagaha : Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, who reached Manguraha forest range in Valmikinagar Tiger Reserve (VTR) on January 7, visited historical Sofa Shiva temple in the deep forest. The CM told mediapersons that the Sofa Shiva temple would be developed as a tourist spot making VTR an eco-tourism destination. Nitish also saw the parts of forest area eroded by river Pandai, which originates from Nepal besides taking stock of the on going forest development schemes.

The chief minister was accompanied by chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, principal secretary, Environment and Forest department, Vivek kumar Singh besides range DIG, Bettiah, Gopal Prasad, DM, West Champaran Lokesh Kumar Singh, SP Vinay Kumar, SDM and SDPO, Narakatiaganj, Arbind Mandal and Aman Kumar respectively. The local forest officials including VTR director RB Singh, DFO division-one Alok Kumar  informed the CM about the step being taken for increasing the number of tigers.

The CM also met local JD(U) workers including former JD(U) MP Baidyanath Mahato, and Congress MLA from Narakatiaganj Vinay Verma. He left Manguraha for Valmikinagar about 4 pm the same day, where he will stay over night.

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