Ranchi: After decades of waiting, Rajmahal Hills to Sahebganj The district will host the first and only fossil park in the state, listed as a geoheritage site by the Geological Survey of India (GSI). The Rs 11 crore park covers approximately 95 acres in Mandro hills and will be officially inaugurated by the Chief Minister Hemant Soren Thursday.
The fossil conservation park project had been underway since the early 2000s, but administrative and bureaucratic hurdles delayed the project. In 2008, the state government signed a memorandum of understanding with the Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany (BSIP), Lucknow, and National building construction company for the creation of the fossil park. Funds have gradually started to be released since the beginning of 2019.
Talk to YOU, the Sahebganj Divisional Forest Officer Manish Tiwari said the park is designed to serve as both a center of excellence and research, and recreation through ecotourism activities.
“The hills of Rajmahal in the Santhal Paraganas are considered a treasure trove of fossils dating back to the Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous era. The region has the most beautiful plant fossils. But at the same time, due to the lack of awareness of locals here, several fossils have been damaged. Now we can keep the historical legacies of this park here,” he said, adding that the park also houses an auditorium for an audio-video display on the evolution of the planet, fossils, solar system, among other things, and a rest home for visitors. time. “We also plan to build a research and development center here,” he said.
Among other attractions, he said, a state-of-the-art museum is being developed where different types of fossils are exhibited in 3D format. “For children, we have also designed walking paths and recreational arenas. Our plan is to turn this unique place into a center for research and tourism,” he said.