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June 2, 2014

WB Forest Department to set up a new zoo at Garchumuk deer park

WB Forest Department to set up a new zoo at Garchumuk deer park

The State Forest Department will set up azoo at the deer park Mrigadaba inGarchumuk, Howrah to attract more tourists. The Central Zoo Authority of Indiahas already approved the plan for setting up a zoo at Garchumuk and the UnionEnvironment department has also given the clearance certificate.

Former Union Minister of State for Tourismand Trinamool MP, Mr Sultan Ahmed, had taken the initiative for developing theinfrastructure of the tourist spot and he had also worked hard for the Centralfund.

Mr Binay Krishna Barman, the State ForestMinister said they will develop the entire park and a new zoo will be set up. “Wehave laid the foundation stone for a deer shelter and more projects will betaken up for developing this spot as a zoo,” he said.

Tortoise, crocodile, porcupine and peacockwill be there in the first phase to attract tourists. A treatment centre forthe animals will also be set up. Senior officials of the land and land reformsdepartment and from the forest department visited the spot to inspect the landfor setting up the animal treatment centre. If more funds are available, ananimal hospital could also be set up there. The existing deer park ismaintained by the zilla parishad.

Garchumuk is located at the confluence ofthe river Hooghly and an irrigation canal emanating from the river Damodar. Thespot offering a spectacular view of the river Hooghly is gradually emerging asa popular tourist destination especially. The prime attraction of Garchumuk isthe beautiful barrage called Atanna Gate, where 58 lock gates have been built.

The State Forest Minister recently visitedGadiara and Garchumuk.