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Narsapur forest, the new tourist attraction

Narsapur forest, the new tourist attraction
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A survey has been taken up to identify suitable tourist attractions in the Narsapur forest range which is spread across an area of over 11,576 hectares. The forest range has been divided into 17 beats and five divisions. During week-ends, youth from twin cities and employees visit the forest along with family members on a picnic. 

Narsapur: A survey has been taken up to identify suitable tourist attractions in the Narsapur forest range which is spread across an area of over 11,576 hectares. The forest range has been divided into 17 beats and five divisions. During week-ends, youth from twin cities and employees visit the forest along with family members on a picnic.

Former Medak District Collector used to frequent the forest with family members on a picnic. A steady stream of visitors arrives here to catch a glimpse of flora and fauna in the forests. Further, students from various colleges in Hyderabad reach here on a botanical tour. Also, lensmen from home and abroad frequently visit the forest to capture birds with their camera.

The forest department has been preparing an action plan following a survey to identify various places of scenic beauty for development as tourist attractions. Chief Conservator of Forests AK Sinha, district forest office Padmaja Rani, forest ranger Raghavender Rao visited the Rayarao Cheruvu, Satnayipalli Veerannacheruvu and other places. They identified hillocks and places where there is water always as suitable for forest development. Plans are on the drawing board on how to develop tourist spots.

Development of a tourist spot on a 50-hectare site is being contemplated. Cottages and fountains will be developed and also a foot-path without causing no harm to the plants. A zodiac garden is also being contemplated. A walking track will be developed amidst the zodiac gardens. If the works are completed as contemplated, the tourists will experience themselves exported to a different world.

Meanwhile, on the directions of CMO special secretary Narsinga Rao, special secretary Bhupal Reddy, principal chief conservator of forests PK Jha, Harita Haram Officer on Special Duty Priyanka Verghese on Friday toured the forest area. The officials decided to conserve the forest spread over an area of 3,470 hectares in Sangareddy and Medak districts and develop the forest as place of tourist attraction for the benefit of visitors.

A see-through wall will be constructed up to a length of 40 km to prevent the forest from getting encroached. An eco-tourism center would be developed near Narsapur. A tank on the fringes of the forest would be restored fully. They decided to get these works executed by the forest department at a cost of Rs 20 crore. They hinted at preparing plans for development of forest area in Narsapur area as a tourist center and declared that works would commence in this regard very soon. On the monkey menace, they said that saplings meant for producing food to the monkeys would be planted in the fourth phase of the Haritaharam.

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