Balasore, July 23 (LocalWire): Shortage of funds has put a Rs 1 crore project of growing mangrove forests in the coastal belts of Balasore district on halt.
The proposal for the growth of mangrove forests under the Integrated Coastal Zone Management Project (ICZMP) has been pending at the Govt. of India for past few years.
Divisional Forest officer of Balasore Wildlife Biswaraj Panda informed that the ICZMP is an ambitious project.
Much development work has been done for the protection and growth of mangrove forests, protection of sea banks from soil erosion, maintenance of sea level, growth of casuarina forests, and more under the ICZMP.
Talapada, Jaleswar and Chandipur coastal belts, around 150 acres, will be created as mangrove forest, the DFO said.
On 2019-20 a scientific team of ICZMP had inspected the sites those places are being come under the proposed project for the growth of mangrove forests.
The DFO said that the proposal has been sent to the Central Government for approval but its approval is pending there.
The DFO said as per the plan and once the government will approve it, the picture of these coastal belts will change and they will look like the mangrove forests in Bichitrapur of Bhograi in Bhitarkanika National Park in Kendrapada district.
A large scale of tourists will visit the sites regularly and natural resources at these sites will be properly utilized, he assured.
The DFO said the forest and wildlife department of the district is creating mangrove and casuarina forest around 80 km of the coastal belts of Jaleswar and Talapada.