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Urban tree parks on the anvil

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Plans afoot to hand over the management of the place to Village Forest Committee




PICTURE-PERFECT:A breathtaking view of the Arabian Sea from the Kshitija Nesara Dhama at Othinene in Udupi district on Tuesday.

Shiroor: The Forest Department has proposed an Urban Tree Park on 111 acres of land at Badagabettu village near Udupi district. Assistant Conservator of Forests Manjunath Shetty told presspersons here on Tuesday that as per government policy every district should have an Urban Tree Park.

“This park would be a green zone where people could come and relax,” he said. It would provide lung space for the people of Udupi and would be developed on the lines of Cubbon Park and Lalbagh in Bangalore.

Nesara dhama

The Kshitija Nesara Dhama at Othinene near Byndoor would be developed at a cost of Rs. 20 lakh by the Forest Department. The dhama is a tourist site with popular sunset view point and provides view of the Arabian Sea and coastal greenery. It is located on 10 hectares of land atop a hillock close to the sea. The entry fee would be increased from Re. 1 to Rs. 5 or Rs. 10 a person. At present, there were two cottages at the dhama three more would be constructed. The existing cottages would be renovated and windows would be replaced with plain glass giving tourists a natural feel during the day and night.

“We want the dhama to be self-reliant. The management will be handed over to a Village Forest Committee,” he said.

An Environment Study Centre for students would be set up at the dhama. “We want the dhama to be a tourist spot and a learning centre,” he added.

Daivi Vana

The department was setting up a “Daivi Vana” (sacred forest) at Balakata near Sri Mookambika Kshetra. Medicinal and herbal plants and conventional trees would be grown in the vana. “This will not only increase forest area but create environmental awareness among people,” he said.

Under the “develop a forest for a school and provide a sapling for a child” scheme, schools were provided with saplings. Farmers were given incentives to plant saplings. Saplings would be planted along the 32 km of roads in the district, Mr. Shetty said.

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