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Munda voices eco-friendly ideas

A deer park, a guest house spread over four acres and a nursery of medicinal plants.

All this and more will soon be the centre of attraction at Ghorabandha near Telco in Jamshedpur, hometown of former chief minister Arjun Munda.

In fact, it was Munda’s idea of developing the area as an eco-sensitive zone, which prompted the forest department to work on the projects as an extension of a theme park that is already there.

Construction work of the forest guest house was completed last year but a number of beautification works is still pending.

“Developing Ghorabandha into an eco-friendly zone is my priority,” said Munda, who spent over two hours in Ghorabandha with forest department officials while taking stock of the ongoing work at the forest guest house.

“A deer park, nursery for medicinal plants and watershed management projects will come up. This will make Ghorabandha an attractive destination for people to learn about the environment and its conservation,” he added.

Divisional forest officer (Dhalbhum) Karma Zimpa Bhutia said the park (the forest department calls it soft release deer park) would act as a rearing-cum-rescue centre.

“We are taking a lot of care to develop the park, which is the brainchild of Munda,” he told The Telegraph. It is expected to be ready in the next three to four months.

Bhutia said they were also developing a nursery of medicinal plants close to the park, along with several water-shed projects, besides other eco-friendly initiatives.

Later, Munda, spoke to a section of the media on his ideas and the significance of Ghorabandha from the point of the environment.

“One can find a large variety of seasonal fruits and other medicinal plants at Ghorabandha. The deer park, nursery for medicinal plants and water-shed management projects are an extension of the theme park which the forest department is developing.”

The former chief minister, who avoided taking political questions, said he would ensure that beautification work was carried out in the area covering the forest guest house by having fountains installed and landscaping done.

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