Nature Safari to come up near capital city, on the lines of Jungle Safari : Nature Safari being developed over 1450 acres in Mohrenga, Information provided in the meeting chaired by Chief Minister
Raipur, 14 June 2017 - On the lines of Jungle Safari built in Naya Raipur, another jungle safari is being developed at an accelerated pace in Mohrenga village near Kharora-Tilda Road, nearly 40 kms away from capital city Raipur. Forest Department is developing it only for viewing of nature's aesthetic beauty; people will be able to observe biodiversity and experience the healing touch of nature in this nature safari. Today Department Officials informed that this nature safari will be bigger in area than jungle safari. Naya Raipur's Jungle Safari is spread over 800 acres, whereas the nature safari is taking shape on the area of 580 hectares i.e. 1450 acres.
In the meeting held at Mantralaya yesterday regarding preparations of state-wide Hariyar Chhattisgarh Campaign, Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh praised the Forest Department's nature safari project in Mohrenga. He directed the officials to develop this nature safari in the best possible manner and project its features at national-level. He directed the officials to create special action plan for giving this nature safari a national-level identity. Chief Minister said- This year in monsoon, saplings of trees that attract birds and butterflies should be planted in maximum number, under plantation programmes, in all the districts of state. In the meeting, Forest Department Officials informed that as per the vision of Chief Minister, nature safari is being built in Mohrenga, 3 kms away from Kharora, in a way that it may become home to birds. Wild animals such as chital, wild bore and rabbit have already arrived in the nature safari. Forest Department had taken up the nature safari project in year 2011. Intensive plantation has been done in this area, which is favourable for the environment. Water source is also being developed here for wild animals.
In the meeting, Forest Minister Mr. Mahesh Gagda, Chief Secretary Mr. Vivek Dhand, Panchayat and Rural Development Additional Chief Secretary Mr. MK Raut, Additional Chief Secretary Commerce and Industry Department Mr. N Baijendra Kumar, Planning and Statistics Department Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Sunil Kujur, Principal Secretary Forest Department Mr. RP Mandal, Principal Secretary Housing and Environment Department Mr. Aman Kumar Singh, secretaries and senior officials of various department and representatives of industrial organizations were also present. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Mr. RK Tamta and Mr. Mudit Singh, Mr. Jiten Kumar, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Mr. Vikas, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest CAMPA Mr. JASC Rao, Secretary Forest Mr. Atul Shula, and Chief Forest Conservators of all the circles attended the meeting yesterday.
Presiding over the meeting, Chief Minister gave instructions to earmark lands in urban and rural areas and develop oxyzone in minimum 10-12 hectares by planting maximum number of plants. Dr Singh said that every oxyzone should include saplings of bamboo, naseberry, jackfruit, almond, amla, berry, mango, pipal, banyan, etc. He said- renewal of the industries that have not done plantation in one-third area as per the rules, should be done only after they ensure plantation as per the rules. Chief Minister said that to promote plantation, an award scheme was started in year 2017 for industries and government department. Under this scheme, the industries making best contribution in plantation work are awarded medals. This medal is awarded to industries in private sectors and public sectors. Separate category of medals is there for government departments.
He said- intensive plantation should be done on roadside and saplings should be planted in unused land of houses well. Plantation of saplings in the name of daughters and dear ones should be encouraged. Dr Singh directed the officials to upload the photos of the plantation programmes organized under this campaign on social media (facebook and whatsapp), so that the progress of the implementation could be reviewed before the campaign of upcoming year. Chief Minister said that third party social audit of the last year's plantation work should be done. In every five hectares of plantation area, a solar pump should be installed for irrigating the planted saplings. Dr Raman Singh also gave instructions to develop a hi-tech nursery in all five revenue divisions- Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Bastar and Sarguja, where minimum one crore saplings of local species should be produced. He said- in these nurseries, saplings of high quality should be produced in large number so as to meet the local requirements as well as to distribute these saplings to other states. Forest officials should be regularly trained in modern techniques of plantation. GPS survey of every plantation area should be done and satellite imagery should be obtained by making KML file. For this, dates in every three months should be fixed for obtaining satellite imagery.