Ujjain : In a district with one of the lowest forest covers of 0.2 percent, a second forest park along with a nursery is being developed on 12 hectares of land. The eco-centre will come up at Triveni in Ujjain with an aim to provide a tourist spot for residents of the city.
The spot where the park is set to be opened only had a forest department run nursery till one year ago. In the past few months, not only has the nursery been upgraded, the forest department has taken measures to open the park as an ecotourism centre.
The upgraded nursery now also includes rare, endangered and threatened species of nutritive and fruit bearing plants. It has also set up a unit for developing vermicompost and natural pesticides for the plants called ‘Jeevamrit’ made using natural substances.
The forest department has grown 45 types of flowers and 40 types of special plants and 30 varieties of ficus found in Madhya Pradesh. The forest department also aims to get the seeds of important varieties of plants from the trees grown in the park.
“We have also brought in good quality bamboo from several parts of the state and have planted it there alongside shady trees which resemble a forest patch. Being along a river, the spot is also likely to attract wildlife, which will be allowed to roam freely in the park,” range officer Krishna Sharma said.
As for the tourists, the forest department is also setting up pagodas, huts, boat club, crossing bridge, one-km-long walking track and play zone for children. The park will also have a cafeteria, for which an RO water treatment plant has been set up.
“The total budget for the park is Rs 24 lakh. We are aiming to open it to public from August 15. The decision over whether an entry fee will be charged or not and its amount is yet to be taken. However, we will charge nominally as per suggestions from the ecotourism board,” Ujjain DFO PN Mishra said.