Raipur: Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Wednesday inspected the man-made jungle developed in the vast vacant areas of Nandini mines in the Durg district. This project is an example of how mining-based projects can be converted into natural habitats. The Chief Minister visited this project in Nandini on Wednesday.
The project has been developed costing about Rs 3.30 crore. As part of the Jan Van programme, Chief Minister planted a sapling of banyan. It is noteworthy that for this, the amount has been taken from DMF and other heads.
In his address, the Chief Minister said the project will prove beneficial for preserving the environment.
Forest and Climate Change Minister Mohammad Akbar said that the state government has taken a major decision to save nature. Be it the Lemru project or the plantation on the banks of rivers, the state government has always given importance to nature, he said. There are a number of man-made forests in this part of the state. He congratulated the people of the area for this.
PHE Minister Guru Rudra Kumar and Higher Education Minister Umesh Patel also planted saplings on this occasion.
There are already many teak and gooseberry trees in Nandini's forest spread over an area of 17 km. As of now, 83,000 saplings have been planted in the vacant space.
PCCF Rakesh Chaturvedi gave detailed information about the project and congratulated the officers engaged in this work. CF Shalini Raina also congratulated the project team.
Collector Dr Sarveshwar Narendra Bhure and DFO Dhammsheel Ganveer gave detailed information about the project to the Chief Minister.
He said 83000 saplings have been planted. In 3 years, this area will be fully developed as a lush green forest.
Due to the planting of diverse species of plants here, the natural environment here will be very rich.
PCCF Forest Conservation Narasimha Rao, MD of Minor Forest Produce Sanjay Shukla, IG Vivekanand Sinha, and other officers were present.
BSP CEO Anirban Dasgupta was also present.
The entire project has been developed in such a way that it will also become an ideal habitat for birds and will develop into a bird park. There is a huge wetland where Whistling Ducks, Open Billed Storks, etc. have already been targeted.
Eco-tourism will be developed - Along with this; special arrangements will also be made to roam in this man-made forest. A necessary action plan has also been prepared for this so that it can be included in the best tourist destination of not only Chhattisgarh but the whole country. This project is today an example in front of the world that how the useless mines area can be converted into a great example of natural habitat.