Nirmal: Forest Minister Allola Indrakaran Reddy said that forest blocks being developed in urban areas will turn out to be major lung spaces.
Speaking after laying the foundation stone for an urban forest park at Khanapur on Wednesday, Indrakaran Reddy said the urban parks would provide recreation to citizens. It will be equipped with a playground for children, walking and cycling tracks, canopy walk, lotus pond, watch tower and pagodas for amusement of visitors. He stated that visitors could also organise community lunches at the park.
MLA Ajmeera Rekha Naik thanked the Minister for sanctioning funds to create the park in Khanapur town, a lesser known town and one of the backward Assembly constituencies. She said that the facility would be a boon to locals who are lacking parks and recreational spots and forced to visit Nirmal and other towns for recreation.
The legislator stated that the government has been laying special focus on protecting forest covers and raising green cover of the State through Telanganaku Harita Haram initiative. She stated that conservation of the wild would ensure a safe future to coming generations and help maintain ecological balance. Forests play a vital role in registering adequate rainfall and reduce global warming, she added.
The urban park is being created in 200 hectares at an estimated cost of Rs 8.5 crore. It is the sixth facility to come up in the erstwhile Adilabad district. Similar parks have been developed in Mancherial, Mavala of Adilabad, and at Gandi Ramanna on the outskirts of Nirmal town while one such park is under construction in Boath and in Asifabad mandals.
Zilla Parishad chairperson Koripelli Vijalayaxmi, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests R Shobha, Collector Musharraf Ali Faruqui, field director to Kawal Tiger Reserve and local public representatives were present.
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