Kulathupuzha: The construction of a modernized forest museum without disturbing the existing geographic conditions and without affecting the environment is progressing here. Rs 9.85 crore expense is expected for the construction. In the first phase, government has approved Rs 4 crore for the museum.
The forest department has signed the agreement with Habitat group for the project which is expected to be completed by April 2020. Minister K Raju had laid the foundation stone for the project on October 19, 2018.
The upcoming museum is being constructed near the banks of Kallada river and Kuttivanam region adjacent to the forest range office on the Thiruvananthapuram – Sengottai interstate route.
Small park portraying the tribal life, habitat, river, forest life will also be created near the museum. The park will be constructed collecting the skeletons of birds and animals in a more organic manner.
A chain of all the museum of the forest department will be built here which will be linked to other natural history museums inside and outside India.
A hall for conduction of seminars and symbiosis, audio visual room, eco-shop, guest house and snanghat, to attract visitors will also be built here.
The specialty of the project is that all details including plants, trees, birds and butterflies will be made available under a roof. Paintings, statues, antique collections and many more items will be displayed here.
Also a forest information centre, is also under consideration. The Thiruvananthapuram forest development agency will be supervising the functioning of the museum project which will provide jobs to many locals.