Nalgonda: Telangana State Forest Development Corporation (TSFDC), which was working for raising man-made forests and reclothe the degraded forest areas, is now focused on developing eco-tourism projects to create breathing space as well as generate revenue. The interview with the TSFDC chairman Banda Narender Reddy explored the future projects of the Corporation.
What is the role of TSFDC in Haritha Haram, a mass plantation programme?
We were taking up plantation in specific areas. For example, the Corporation will take up plantation in 35 hectares’ area on the hillocks of Latheef Saheb Gutta and Brahmamgari Gutta in Nalgonda town, which was sizzling at 46 degrees centigrade during summer, under the third phase of Haritha Haram. We are expecting that it would bring down temperate in the town in the subsequent years. If we succeed in it, it would give a great inspiration to the people, besides standing as a model.
What is the status of eco-tourism project planned at Nagarjuna Sagar?
The eco-tourism project was planned in 15 acres on Thellagutta near Vizag Colony at the backwaters of Nagarjuna Sagar project. We are waiting for permission from Chief Commissioner of Land Administration (CCLA) as it is government land. There’s no doubt that Nagarjuna Sagar Eco-Tourism project will definitely become the biggest eco-tourism spot and attract the people in large numbers.
What facilities will come up in Nagarjuna Sagar eco-tourism project?
In addition to other facilities, ferry and speed boat facility on the backwaters of NSP, and an exclusive fish food court will come up in the eco-tourism project. With three or four places in Devarakonda area, a tourism package will also be launched after completion of the project works.
What is the status of the plan of Mancherial eco-tourism project near Godavari river?
Unlike Nagarjuna Sagar eco-tourism project, we want to acquire the land from the private persons for the project as no government land was available. We will purchase the required land once the district Collector sends report to the Corporation fixing the price of the land. All the eco-tourism projects will be taken up on Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode and tenders will be called soon.
Any plans to re-develop Botanical Garden at Kondapur in Hyderabad?
Yes, Botanical Garden is presently in a bad shape. We planned to take up repairing and re-developing work of the park by spending Rs 5 crore. The work would be completed at the earliest.