Mahabubnagar: As part of increasing green cover to the extent of 33 per cent of entire land area and also to increase lung spaces in urban municipal corporations and rural-urban municipalities, Telangana government had started developing community parks and eco-parks in all municipalities and Assembly constituencies across the five districts of Palamuru region for the past five years, ever since the formation of the State.
Mayuri Eco-Park in Mahabubnagar town has been developed by the forest department right after the formation of Telangana in 2014. In 2017, it was opened for the people of Mahabubnagar town and tourists coming from across Telangana. Most innovative methods were used by the forest department of Mahabubnagar to compensate for displacement/ migration of certain animals after part of Appannapally Forest Reserve. Many species of flora were planted inside various parks developed inside the 200-acre land used for developing the park out of 2,000 acres of forest land.
There were so many activities started in the eco-park for tourists that it didn’t just act as a lung space for the residents of the town who were deprived of such a park till then. A similar eco-park was developed in Wanaparthy as well. Though it is not as big as Mayuri Park, it has almost all specially created parks like Saptarshi Vana, Rose Garden, Rashi Vana, Karthika Vana, Dattatreya Vana and other places of activities like yoga sheds, pagodas, ropeways, cycling tracks, pathways for walkers, children’s play area and so on.
This was not just a way to create lung spaces where people could spend an hour or even a few days on a camp occasionally organised in eco-parks like these, but also a way to protect buffer-zone of various reserve forests deteriorating due to successive drought years and poor supervision due to scarce resource allocations for all these decades.
In various municipalities, open spaces were developed as Smrithi Vanams and parks in various wards of municipalities. Unfortunately, poor maintenance and lack of supervision have left some of these parks locked and unusable by the town-dwellers. Benches were installed, walking-tracks were laid, decorative painting work was done, walls/ fencing was laid and even saplings were planted in some of these parks. In some parks mini-gyms were also set up with simple equipment for children and adults in the parks. While people have been flocking these parks actively, greenery is yet to be created in these parks, without which, the purpose of setting-up a gym may not be solved.