Jamshedpur, June 4: The forest department has converted a barren land into a beautiful park. The Nature Park built by Mango forest range at Pardih under Jamshedpur forest division following intervention of Jamshedpur West MLA and state food and civic supplies minister Saryu Roy.
Roy said that the vast stretch of forest land was lying barren and was under threat of encroachment. He said that the idea was to convert the area into park which will not only protect the forest land but also serve need of the people.
The land were now park is constructed was being used as dumping ground for municipal waste, encroachment and unhealthy environment. The forest department took the initiative and with the help of local residents first removed the garbage and convinced the residents that a park would be the best solution for that piece of land.
“I think it really laudable step. The area was lying deserted alongside New Purulia Road and was used by miscreants and encroachment had also begun on this land. I took up the matter it with the forest and asked them to convert the vast land into a ‘Nature Park’,” said Saryu Roy. The park is scheduled to be inaugurated on June 5 as part of World Environment Day celebrations.
The park is spread in 6.9 acres and has been built at an estimated cost of Rs 24.5 lakh and has modern convenience for residents like walking track, benches, solar-powered street lights, fountains, and medicinal plants, and a small pond.
Jamshedpur divisional forest officer Saba Alam Ansari said that the park would be inaugurated by local MLA and state minister Saryu Roy. The theme of the park is based on nature introducing designer benches. This apart more than 51 varieties of medicinal plants have been planted across the park along with 10 varieties of palm trees.
A 3000-feet long pathway has been built using cement concrete pavers block for morning walkers and joggers.
Jamshedpur is the first planned industrial city of India with a history of over 100 years covering 64 sq km with a population base of over 8 lakhs. Jamshedpur has one of the highest green cover (more than 27 per cent) in India having 30 big and small community parks covering an area of over 300 acres.
In the last five years more than 10 waste lands and encroached areas have been converted into parks namely Golmuri Park, Baridih Park, Kagalnagar Park, Golmuri Jogger’s Park, Agrico Jogger’s Park, Shastrinagar Jogger’s Park, Kadma Park, Gangotri Park, Nagarkot Park, Nildih Park, Shatabdi Park, etc.
All these parks were either encroached or were place for anti social activities. Jusco with the help from local residents converted those areas into parks for the benefit of the users.