Declared heritage site, but remains neglected

P. Ram Mohan
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Mushroom-shaped rock in Mallaram forest was formed some 2,000 million years ago

The mushroom-shaped rock in Mallaram forest. -Photo: K.V. RAMANA
The mushroom-shaped rock in Mallaram forest. -Photo: K.V. RAMANA

The State government have notified the unique mushroom-shaped rock located in Mallaram forest, 7 km south-west of town, as the heritage structure for its preservation and also conservation of nature.

A sign post was also put up on the left side of Varni road cautioning against its damage or destruction. However, development to protect it for posterity never went beyond it.

According to the geologists, this mushroom-shaped rock was formed some 2000 million years ago due to wind erosion of an isolated rocky outcrop progressed at a different rate at its bottom to that at its top. Also called ‘rock pedestal’ is a naturally occurring rock whose shape as its name implies strikingly resembles a mushroom.

Feeling that the Mallaram forest would be suitable for eco-tourism, the State government had planned to provide a few facilities in the vicinity, but they remained incomplete even after 12 years of their launch due to official negligence. Meanwhile, only some cement benches were constructed overlooking a natural tank. .

The State government had also planned to build railings around this rock and on the hillock closer to it apart from a few statues of wild animals and a trail through the forest for hiking purpose. However, for reasons not known, the ambitious plans remained on paper only.

Now, event the iron sign post was rusted, making the literature related to mushroom rock illegible.



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