Mangaluru, Mar 27, 2016: Speaking after inaugurating ’Sasyodyana’ the Tree Park developed by the Forest Department, at Tannirbavi on March 26,Saturday, Minister Ramanatha Rai said that rare and endangered flora and fauna must be conserved. “The Tree Park is to spread awareness on the importance of a green cover, development of lung space, conservation of biodiversity and also to promote love for nature,” he said.
Spread over 35-acre land, the Tree Park has plant species from the Western Ghats on nine acre land. Herbal plants have been nurtured on three-acre land. The Forest Department has provided details on each plant in a plank in front it. Apart from plants, there are terracotta motifs of Kambla, Yakshagana and Bhootakola to provide a glimpse of culture of coastal district. A volleyball court on the beach and a watchtower are a couple of other highlights at the Park. There are 40 such tree parks in Karnataka. A tree park beside a beach is, however, a unique feature. The minister said that the Forest Department has been organising ‘Chinnara Vanya Darshana’, nature camp, ‘Devi Vana’ and ‘Sirichandana Vana’ and other programmes.
Kumki Row : Rai said that an affidavit will be filed in the Supreme Court by keeping the Kumki land out of the purview of reserve forest. “This will solve the row over Kumki land in the State. The Ministry of Forest and Environment has given clearance for sand extraction in CRZ area. The process of sand extraction will commence shortly, which will overcome the problem sand shortage in the district,” clarified Rai. Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports Abhayachandra Jain, who spoke on the occasion, said that Rs six crore has been sanctioned for adventure sports.