In a positive development, Chief Minister (CM) Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh Government is set to begin work on a 134-acres-big urban forest in the Sunrakh village in Mathura, in the outskirts of Vrindavan, Economic Times.
The work on the project will begin in September as a joint venture between UP Braj Teerth Vikas Parishad, forest department, district administration and Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority (MVDA).
Under the project, nearly 77,000 saplings will be planted at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore. After levelling work is completed, the area will be demarcated with barbed fencing by the MVDA while a pond and a park would also be developed inside the premises later.
Emphasising that the urban forest would serve as a model of greenery and as an "oxygen factory", Mathura's District Magistrate (CM) Navneet Singh Chahal said, "It would be blending the heritage of Vrindavan with other similar developments made in the 'land of Radha Rani'".
He added that the urban forest will be a natural habitat for animals, especially monkeys, and it would attract domestic as well as international tourists with a scenic location along the river.
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