KERALA

Forest Minister to inaugurate Interpretation Centre in Pampa



Staff Reporter

Centre aims at providing nature education to pilgrims

PATHANAMTHITTA: Forest Minister Benoy Viswom will inaugurate an Interpretation Centre constructed by the Forest Department in Pampa on Thursday.

Conservator of Forests K.J. Varghese said the Periyar Foundation will run the centre, aimed at providing nature education to pilgrims visiting Sabarimala, thereby spreading the message of forest conservation. The centre has been constructed at a cost of Rs.20 lakh. It is designed by architect Eugene Pandala of the TKM College of Engineering in Kollam.

The landscaping of the centre set atop a hill near the KSRTC bus station in Pampa has been done by KITCO.

Museum

It will also have a museum providing information on the flora and fauna in the sacred grove of Sabarimala situated in the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The museum will highlight the importance of forest conservation with the help of photographs, video clippings, posters, etc., says Mr. Varghese.

The project is part of the Forest Department's campaign for environmental awareness and forest conservation and its commissioning will be part of the

50th anniversary of the formation of Kerala State, according to official sources. Raju Abraham, MLA, will preside over the inaugural function.

Francis George, MP; Travancore Devaswom Board president G. Raman Nair; Chief

Conservator of Forests S.C. Joshi; District Collector Ashok Kumar Singh; and district panchayat president S. Santhakumari will address the meeting.