`Neelakurinji' plants will bear seed in another six months. During the same time, efforts to conserve the plants are expected to yield results. Central support for the conservation measures has come in the form of monetary aid for the Neelakurinji sanctuary.
The forest officials are in the process of putting a system in place for the utilisation of funds received from the Centre. The department has approached the Finance Department seeking clearance for opening a budget head for drawing the Central assistance, said V.S. Varghese, Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife).
The Government issued a notification in October declaring the formation of Kurinjimala sanctuary for the protection of the plants and the ecosystem. Forest officials have started the process of preparing the location and topography sketches of the sanctuary. The area that comes under the sanctuary will also be demarcated, officials said. The purple blue spectacle that blooms once in twelve years had lured visitors from different parts of the country to Rajamala that falls under the Eravikulam National Park last year. Seeds will form during July-August and take ten months to mature, said park officials.