Hyderabad: The city is all set to have more fresh air for its citizens, with over a 100 lung spaces are being created in and around the Greater Hyderabad region. About ten of these lung spaces have already been completed, Minister for Municipal Administration and Urban Development KT Rama Rao said here on Wednesday. Inaugurating the new facilities completed at a cost of Rs 5 crore in the Botanical Garden here, Rao said Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao was committed towards conservation of forests in the State and increasing green space in the city.
Out of 274 acres of reserve forest in Kothaguda, the new facilities developed in 12 acres of the park include a Nakshatra Vanam, a Rasi Vanam and a Navagraha Vanam, all of which have display boards to educate people on the importance of conservation of the environment. The park has also been equipped with an Interpretation Centre, which can seat up to 150 people, to conduct meetings and debates. This apart, an Environmental Education Center (EEC) has been constructed with a 3D diorama model depicting a forest atmosphere.
Rao said many cities in the country were turning out to be concrete jungles in the process of urbanisation and that this eventually was showing an impact on the green cover. However, compared to other cities, Hyderabad was doing well in protecting its green cover besides creating new lung spaces, he said, adding that many environmental activities were being taken up for the sake of future generations.
He urged everyone to take up eco-friendly activities to decrease pollution. “Over 1,100 industries will be shifted outside the Outer Ring Road for making Hyderabad a pollution-free city,” Rao said. The Minister, talking about the upkeep of the Botanical Garden, assured the Telangana State Forest Development Corporation (TSFDC) that on behalf of the Municipal Administration department, sewerage treatment plants would be set up. He appreciated TSFDC officials for creating a recreational spot in the midst of IT companies.
Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna stressed upon the need for increasing green space across the city. In the past, there were hardly any lung spaces for families to hang out during the weekends. This had prompted the Chief Minister to emphasise on creating a clean environment and accordingly, 80 forest blocks and more than 100 conservation parks were getting readied in the Greater Hyderabad limits, he added.