Mangaluru, April 14, 2016: The Department of Posts, India Postes, April 13, Wednesday released a special cover on Dr. Shivaram Karanth Pilikula Nisargadhama to mark it’s 20 years in existence and development in a planned manner.
The cover released in the office of the DK DC Adoor .B. Ibrahim depicts the traditional ‘guttu mane’ (traditional manor house) preserved at the front of the Nisargadhama.
Contents : A brief description about the Nisargadhama and its various components on the rear side of the cover – in English and Hindi along with the licence number issued by Karnataka Postal Circle, Bengaluru.
The Nisargadhama, located 10 km away from the city, is spread over an area of 356 acres and dedicated to conservation of bio-diversity of the Western Ghats, heritage and culture, creation of awareness in science and technology and promotion of tourism.
The special cover was released in the presence of M. Jagadish Pai, Senior Superintendent of Post Offices, Mangaluru Division, S.A. Prabhakar Sharma, executive director of the Nisargadhama.
Sr Superintendent Pai said that one of the special covers released would be preserved at the museum of National Philately Bureau, Dak Bhavan, New Delhi for posterity. This was fifth special cover to be released in Karnataka since January 2016.
Director Sharma said the cover was dedicated to promote eco-tourism and creation of awareness about environment and traditional cultural practices. He added that the Nisargadhama had kept 250 special covers in its possession. Noting that the covers have a collector’s item valued and treasured by philatelists, Sharma said this cover would also be kept on display at the General Post Office in Bengaluru.
DK DC Ibrahim suggested to Director Sharma to send a proposal to India Post to bring out a stamp on the Nisargadhama.