TAMIL NADU

Bird park awaiting Centre's nod

Coimbatore Dec. 4. A proposal to establish a bird park of international standards in Coimbatore, on the lines of the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore, awaits the Centre's clearance, according to V.S. Vijayan, director, Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History, Coimbatore.

Talking to mediapersons here at the 107th birth anniversary celebrations of ornithologist and founder of the SACON, Salim Ali, he said the SACON had submitted its feasibility report to the Centre. A meeting would be held in New Delhi soon for further discussions and the Government nod might come in a month.

Dr. Vijayan was part of a four-member committee that visited Singapore recently on directions from the Centre to study the park in that country and draft the proposal.

The project is roughly estimated at Rs. 30 crores and the cost of the initial phase has been put at Rs. 10 crores. `

``Once the sanction is obtained, we will look out for a nearly 300-acre site, which has abundant water and a forest atmosphere. It should also be easily accessible to the public, especially students.''

Dr. Vijayan is keen on establishing the park at the foothills of the Siruvani. ``It will be an ideal place, with plenty of water.''

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