Hyderabad: All efforts were being made to increase the green cover and develop forest blocks in the city while protecting forest lands from encroachments, said Forest Minister Jogu Ramanna here on Saturday.
After a visit to Mahavir Harina Vanasthali Park, Medipally Shantivanam and Bhagyanagar Nandanavanam here, Ramanna said unlike any other city in the country, Hyderabad had unique advantage of being surrounded by 99 parks. However, earlier governments had paid scant attention to their maintenance and development or to provide amenities to the visitors.
“Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao is committed to improving these parks even if it costs Rs 100 crore,” he said. These urban parks are being developed to provide clean environment and also as recreational spots for families to come and relax,” he said.
He said that issues related to dumping of garbage would be resolved and directed the officials to take measures for protecting visitors besides conserving animals and birds in the forest. The Minister also inspected compound wall and watch tower in Shantivanam in Medipalli.
Mayor Bonthu Rammohan, Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin, officials of GHMC and HMDA were present.