Tryst with park on treasure islan

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By OUR CORRESPONDENT Bongaigaon
  • Published 6.01.10
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Jan. 5: Tucked away on the outskirts of Abhayapuri town, once the capital of Bijni Raj estate, Koya Kujia Eco Park in Kolbari is fast becoming a tourist hotspot.

From a natural waterbody with its banks choked with human settlements two years back, to its metamorphosis into an eco park with lots of space offering loads of fun, is no mean journey.

The waterbody and its banks were turned into an eco park. There is an oblong-shaped lake with several islets of which Snake Island is the principal attraction. The entire area covers 80 hectares.

This gift of nature was turned into a beautiful eco park in 184,795 man days under the national rural job scheme at a cost of Rs 2.10 crore funded by the district rural development agency (DRDA), Bongaigaon.

The eco park is becoming a much-sought-after destination for visitors, including picnickers and tourists who have been flocking the site since the park was declared open to visitors in September 2008.

On an average, the visitor count on any day ranges between 5,000 and 10,000, a park official said. “On New Year’s day in 2009, we had over 25,000 visitors,” block development and programme officer, Tapattary, B.J. Baruah said. “We are expecting more this year,” he said.

The oblong-shaped lake in the park, spread over 650 bighas has several islets that tourists can access byboat. In the middle stands Snake Island with Manasa Devi Mandir.

Gardens adorn the island. Near Snake Island is a children’s park with playing facilities and a hanging bridge connecting two other islands.

Another centre of attraction are the migratory birds which arrive in thousands in the vicinity of the waterbody and are a visual treat .

One can see a variety of bio-species in this zone. According to Baruah, Koya Kujia is a paradise for aqua species.