Tuesday, July 27

Banabitan complex all set for a makeover

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The 70-acre Banabitan complex under the state forest department in Salt Lake Central Park is all set for a revamp. The authorities are taking up a Rs 4 crore renovation project for Banabitan where more trees, food kiosks and visitors’ zones will be set up. Fishing too will be stopped in its waterbody.
State forest department minister Jyotipriya Mullick said a separate project was being taken up for Banabitan to be developed as the lungs of Bidhannagar. He had launched the ‘Bana Mahotsav’ celebrations this week by flagging off two tableau to distribute saplings and plant trees inside Banabitan,
“We are taking up a Rs 4-crore project to develop Banabitan. More variety of trees, including fruits, will be planted here. There will be food kiosks and solar lights to attract people,” Mullick said.

An agency will be engaged to clean up the waterbody inside Central Park, he said. Dead fish were found floating a few days back on the waterbody now fully covered with hyacinth. .

Officials also said an urban forestry scheme across the state is being taken up in which small forest pockets will be developed with trees and greenery. “We are coming up with a new slogan, ‘More green, save green, love green,’. We will conduct an awareness drive not to cut or damage trees but to plant more trees,” Mullick said.

Source: Times of India

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