Hyderabad: In an initiative aimed at creating lung spaces to combat the effects of pollution caused by sharp rise in vehicles, the Forest Department has identified 14 spots both inside and outside the Outer Ring Road, for developing urban parks.
Following earlier instructions of the Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao on developing urban lung spaces using some of the forest areas close to the city, the department has taken up works to create these parks in all sides of the city.
Accordingly, development works has been taken up in the forest blocks of Gurramguda, Kandlakoya, Medchal, Dulapally and Gajularamaram among other places.
The parks will have various facilities including walking tracks, yoga spaces, recreation for children and picnic areas for families. Some of these facilities are available in Sanjeevini Park at Gurramguda, Kandlakoya Nature Park and Bhagyanagar Nandanavanam at Ghatkesar and were drawing large crowds from nearby areas and visitors.
Cottages offering stay facilities were also being set up in some parks to promote eco-tourism. The Forest Department has a target of setting up 80 urban parks in the State and of these, forest blocks for 24 urban parks has already been cleared and funds to the tune of Rs 25 crore have been provided.