Superstar Prabhas adopts 1650 acres of Khazipally reserve forest in Telangana


'Bahubali’ famed actor Prabhas adopted 1650 acres of Khazipally reserve forest under Green Indian Challenge programme initiated by Rajya Sabha MP Joginapally Santosh Kumar.


The actor along with the help of Telangana Forest Minister Allola Indra Karan Reddy and Rajya Sabha MP Joginapally Santosh Kumar laid the foundation stone for an urban forest park. 

As per the report, Prabhas handed over Rs 2 crores cheque to forest officials for the development of the reserve forest.

"I was inspired by my friend, Rajya Sabha MP Joginapally Santosh Kumar to adopt Khazipally forest area and would donate more in instalments, depending on the progress of the work," actor Prabhas, quoted by News agency ANI, as saying.

The Bahubali actor said that his participation to help society through "Green Challenge" and adopting reserve forest has given him immense satisfaction.

"Under the Haritha Haram Programme we have planted crores of saplings in which there is 72 per cent survival. Within one-and-a-half years we shall plant 230 crore plants. Now this forest greenery is 24 per cent, we are trying to increase it to 33 per cent”, MP Joginapally Santosh Kumar said.

Prabhas also took to social media to share the initiative done by him. 

“I’ve taken the initiative to adopt and develop 1,650 acres of Kazipalli Reserve Forest Block near Hyderabad. Having always been a nature lover, I believe this would create an additional lung space for the city. I thank Rajya Sabha MP @mpsantoshtrs for his support. I would also like to thank the Govt of Telangana and the Forest Department for giving me this opportunity! #GreenIndiaChallenge”, he tweeted.

The programme at Khazipally took place in the presence of a very small number of guests owing to COVID-19 restrictions.

Prabhas and other also observed the reserve forest from a temporary watch tower and later planted a few saplings.

As per the report, the Forest Department will convert a small portion of the forest into an urban forest park while the rest of the forest will be a conservation zone.

The reserve forest is known for its medicinal plants. The Forest Department will fence the entire 1,650 acres and immediately start developing eco-park.

The development of eco-park will start with the construction of a park gate, a see-through wall, walking track, viewpoint, gazebo and a medicinal plant centre.

Steps to prevent encroachment of forest land are also being taken.


With inputs from Agency

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