Bhubaneswar/Baripada(Samaya Bureau): The state government today sanctioned Rs 64 crore for the development and preservation of Simlipal biosphere reserve. The proposal was approved at the Biosphere Reserve Management Council meeting headed by Chief Secretary Aditya Padhi at the secretariat here.
The council also cleared a comprehensive management action plan encompassing the infrastructure and manpower requirement.
The amount would be spent in the next five years.
Meanwhile, entrance to the Similipal forests has been closed for the rainy season.