Forest Department of Telangana in association with couple of regional NGO’s Vana Jana Vignana Vedika and Vana Seva Society has arranged a forest trekking and walking event at the Inuparathi Gattu hills reserve forest in Dharmasagar mandal in the warangal district on Tuesday on the occassion of International Biodiversity Day.
Senior officials from forest department Mr. Akbar Chief Conservator of Forests and In charge DFO Mr. Purushottam has participated in the event. ” CCF MJ Akbar said that people should take a self action and come forward to protect the environment and biodiversity keeping in mind of the help for the future generations.
Commissioner of Police of Warangal district Mr. Vishwanath Ravinder has flagged of a vehicle at public gardens in hanmakonda in the presence of CCF Forest Department and started off the event in the early hours.
Meanwhile, Vana Seva Society president Mr. Potla veerabhadra Rao had stressed on the need for protection and preservation of the Inuparathi Gattu hills reserve forest which is the habitat of rare plant and animal species in the country.
there is a quarry near by the forest area from which there is a threat to the wide spread 2000 acres of Inuparathi Gattu Reserve forests and there were some land grabbers who are actually trying to encroach the land on the name of owing agriculture land which has to be stopped to maintain the bio diversity.
“There is a need for immediate measures to check the land encroachments and measures to protect the land. First of all, we need to demarcate the land and put up the direction as well as warning boards at the forest,” Veerabhadra Rao said.
Located just twenty km from Warangal city, the scenic forest has a host of wildlife – peacocks, spotted deer, four-horned antelopes, Indian gazelle (chinkara), hyenas, pythons, mongoose, lizards, etc.
District Forest Officer K Purushotahm said that the department is also planning to set up night camping facilities at the Inparathi Gattu for the promotion of the eco-tourism activities.
Nature lover and archaeology enthusiast Aravind Arya Pakide also participated in the event.