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Nature Centre Plans Bio-cultural Park In State


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
BHUBANESWAR: The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has sought to establish a unique bio-cultural park in Bhubaneswar.

It will be home to flower varieties associated with different cultural traditions of India and will be set up over 10-acre patch, Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said here on Wednesday.

Ramesh, who was addressing a function after inaugurating the North-East Biodiversity Gallery at Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH), said the park will be the first of its kind in India.

“Different species of flower plants associated with different religions and cultures, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Islam and tribal cultures would find place in the park which will reflect the secular tradition and heritage of India,” he said.

Development of the park will be the responsibility of MoEF, which plans to set it up within three years. The Ministry will hand it over to the State Government after it is established.

“I had a discussion with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in this regard and he has responded positively. We will see the park up and running within three years,” Ramesh said.

The idea behind the bio-cultural park has come from Naxtaravanam, established in Ranchi. The MoEF plans to seek service of IISC in setting up the bio-cultural park.

Earlier in the day, Ramesh visited, what he called, an “unusual garden” built over half an acre of land. The garden has 57 flower species associated with fragrance.

The fragrance park, Ramesh said, will soon be opened to the public. The Minister said he does not remember any such park existing anywhere in India.

Interestingly, the fragrance park is located close to the Central CCF Office in Chandrasekharpur and the 10-acre sought by the Union Minister will also be in the vicinity.


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