Bhubaneswar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday laid the foundation stone of Utkal Upvan, an eco-park being developed by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) as a tourist attraction in Odisha's Jharsuguda district at a cost of Rs 14 crore.
The foundation stone was laid remotely through video conference from New Delhi by the union home minister in presence of Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and coal secretary Anil Kumar Jain, MCL said in a statement.
आज रुद्राक्ष का पौधा लगा कर @CoalMinistry के ‘वृक्षारोपण अभियान-2020’ का शुभारंभ किया और साथ ही 6 इको पार्क्स/पर्यटन स्थलों का उद्घाटन व शिलान्यास भी किया।
वृक्ष मानव जीवन के अभिन्न अंग हैं, आज जलवायु परिवर्तन से पूरी दुनिया डरी हुई है और केवल वृक्ष ही हमें इससे बचा सकते हैं। pic.twitter.com/DjmVeF8mfb
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 23, 2020
MCL, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited, has taken an initiative to develop 'Utkal Upvan' at the decoaled portion of Lilari open cast mine, located at a 30 minute drive from Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda.
The eco-park will have cycling and walking tracks, children's park, toy train, mine museum, adventure activities, like boating, skating, climbing, archery, botanical garden, eatery junction, auditorium and luxury cottages.
This sustainable eco-park being developed near a nine-hole golf course and Koilighughar waterfall will also generate tourism-driven self-employment opportunities for locals, the statement by the MCL added.
"Utkal Upvan" being developed as a sustainable Eco-Park in western #Odisha, will also generate tourism-driven job opportunities for local people. Today the foundation stone of this Eco-Park was laid by Hon. Union HM Shri @AmitShah & Hon.Coal Minister Shri @JoshiPralhad#GreenCoal pic.twitter.com/eNS0Atvbdf
— Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (@mahanadicoal) July 23, 2020
Besides 'Utkal Upvan', MCL celebrated Vanmohotsav-2020 by holding a special plantation drive at all its project areas and offices spread over in Angul, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda and Sundergarh districts.
MCL chief managing director BN Shukla participated over video conference in the launch of 'Vriksharopan Abhiyan', a plantation drive by Shah and foundation stone laying ceremony along with senior officers.
More than 17,000 saplings were planted while over 37,000 saplings were distributed free-of-cost for plantation in and around coalfields areas during this special drive focused on plantation of fruit-bearing trees.
MCL has set a target for plantation of 1.22 lakh trees in 2020-21. The company has planted progressively around six million trees in Odisha over the years, the release said.