Nagara Vanam will be ready by year-end

The concept of Naraga Vanam in Kambalakonda sanctuary would be ready by the end of this year as the wildlife sanctuary already has an eco-tourism park within its premises.

Kambalakonda wildlife sanctuary is spread across 17,000 acres. Of this, over 450 acres has been used by the forest department to establish an eco-tourism park, central nursery, Smruthivanam, technology dissemination centre and an Animal Rescue Centre (ARC).

The aim of the central government's Nagara Vanam project is to provide trekking path and recreational space within the forested area in every municipality. It had plans to develop such spaces in cities like Vizag, Guntur, Tirupati, Rajahmundry and Vijayawada.

"Nagara Vanam means to develop a lung space for the public in every municipal corporation. It was proposed under the AP Disaster Relief Project (APDRP) funded by the World Bank with Rs 12 crore. We have already started some works like planting flowering tree species," N Prateeep Kumar, chief conservator of forest and additional principle conservator, told TOI.