Raipur: Setting an example for the whole world on how to make the most of an abandoned mine area, the state government is gearing up to establish biggest man-made jungle of the country in Durg district. This project is being developed in an area of 885 acres in the abandoned mines of Nandini.
This project will be completely ready in the next 3 years. This project is being prepared at a cost of about Rs 3 crore. For this, amount has been taken from DMF and other items. This project has been prepared on the instructions of chief minister Bhupesh Baghel for environmental protection. This project will present an example to the world as to how the useless mine area can be converted into a great example of Natural Habitat.
With the completion of this project, Nandini region will prove to be the biggest heritage of not only Chhattisgarh but also of the country in the field of environment. There are already many teak and gooseberry trees in Nandini's forest spread over an area of 17 km. Now preparations have been made to plant another 80,000 saplings in the vacant space. For this, amount has also been approved from DMF. District collector Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure inspected the area on Tuesday.
Giving details of the project in detail, DFO Dhammshil Ganveer said that after planting 80,000 saplings, this area will be fully developed as a forest in 3 years. With the plantation of diverse species of plants here, the natural environment here will be very rich. He said that trees like Peepal, Banyan would be planted here, which have a very long life, as well as medicinal trees like Harra, Behada, Mahuva would also be planted.
He further added that entire project has been developed in such a way that it can become an ideal habitat for birds and can be developed as a bird park. There is a huge wetland where Whistling Ducks, Open Bill Starks have already been targeted. Along with this, special arrangements will also be made to roam in this man-made forest. Necessary action plan is being prepared for this also so that it can be included in the best places to visit not only in Chhattisgarh but in the country. Besides, plantation of Sal plants will also take place in man-made forest. Prior to this, the concentration of sal plants has remained in Bastar and Surguja region only.