Telugu actor Prabhas of ‘Baahubali’ fame announced that he had adopted and would develop 1,650 acres of reserve forest land on the outskirts of Hyderabad through Twitter on Monday.
The actor handed over a two crore rupees cheque to forest officials for the maintenance and development of Kazipally reserve forest on the Outer Ring Road near Dundigal. Prabhas laid the foundation stone for the development of an urban forest park with Rajya Sabha MP Joginapally Santosh Kumaar and Telangana’s Forest Minister Allola Indra Karan Reddy, later planting a few saplings on the adopted land. The forest department will maintain the area as a conservation zone (for the local flora and fauna) and also convert a small part of the forest land into an urban forest park.
The 1,650-acre area will be fenced and work on the park will commence soon. A gate, see-through wall, viewing point, walking track and a gazebo will be constructed in the first phase, and the entire part will be constructed in three phases. The actor, having donated two crore rupees, has said that he would contribute more based on the project’s progress and requirements.
Prabhas said that he was inspired by his friend, MP Santosh Kumar to adopt the medicinal plant-rich forest land after Kumar announced his ‘Green India Challenge’ in June earlier this year. The challenge aims to increase forest cover all over the country by driving people to plant saplings around them. He says that the park, which will be named after the actor’s late father U.V.S Raju, “would create an additional lung space for the city.”