K M Dayashankar
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: In order to provide a new lease of life to the urban population of the district in general and Sircilla textile town in particular, the district administration has taken up the development of an Urban forest park to fight against climate change.
The Urban forest park is being developed in a sprawling 20 hectares of reserve forest lands on the outskirts of Padira village in Yellareddypet mandal. Out of a total of 50 hectares of reserve forest lands in Pothireddypalli, the district authorities had allocated 20 hectares of Urban forest park and the remaining 30 acres would be developed for the ecosystem with more plantations.
The park is coming up at a cost of Rs 6 crore. So far, the forest authorities had completed the Yoga shed, walking track, a water harvesting structure, solar water pump and mission Bhageeratha water facilities. The view tower and lotus pond works were progressing at a brisk pace.
To oversee the progress of the works, Collector D Krishna Bhaskar visited the urban forest park on Saturday and inquired about the works. He directed the officials to expedite the works for opening up to the public very soon. He informed the forest officials to raise medicinal plants, herbal garden, rasi vanam, nakshatra vanam, navagraha vanam etc. He also informed to construct an entrance arch, fencing around the park and gates. Forest range officer Srinivas was also present.