Construction of zoological park: Chopping of bamboo grove begins
Ollur: Chopping of bamboo groves in Puthur has begun, in order to facilitate the central public works department in constructing the new zoological park.
The bamboos are being removed for preparing the paths and habitat for the animals as per the project. The procedures of forest department have been fulfilled and the work was given to contractors after an auction at Pattikkad range office.
There are 171 bamboo groves to be chopped down in three areas. Each grove comprises of 20 – 70 fully grown bamboos. The work has been given on contract to three persons. Each contract was agreed upon Rs. 5 lakhs. The groves should be removed within 10 days as per the contract. MLA K. Rajan said that the construction can begin by the end of October.
In the first stage of construction, independent habitats for lion-tailed macaque, wild buffalo, nilgiri langur, and 48 different species of birds will be arranged. Preparation of paths for the construction works also will take place there. The park is going to be set up in the 340 acres of land in Kurishumoola.
More than 50 people including the natives works here to chop down bamboos. The contractor’s attempt to destroy the old canal inside the forest, in order to ease the movement of lorries, resulted in public anger. Later, they reverted from the move and have decided to pass by the road near Cherukunnu.