Many celebrities have decided to take an initiative of saving this planet in whatever way they can, like Anushka Sharma vowing to protect the nature on ‘World Nature Conservation Day’ or that Juhi Chawla has planted 1,000 trees or Dia Miza, who has consecutively worked to protect the environment.
Another actor has been added to this list. The ‘Bahubali’ star Prabhas Raju has decided to adopt 1,650 acres of a reserve forest in Khazipally located near Dundigal, 20kms from Hyderabad. He decided to take up this initiative as a part of the Green India Challenge by the Rajya Sabha MP, Joginapally Santosh Kumar.
The Telugu Superstar has donated Rs. 2 crores to the forest officials for the development of this reserve forest into an eco-park. This eco-park will be named after Prabhas’s late father Uppalapati Surya Narayan Raju. Prabhas, along with the Forest Minister Allola Indra Karan Reddy and Santosh Kumar, set up the foundation stone for the urban forest park. They noticed the entire reserve forest from a temporary watchtower and then planted a few saplings in the reserve forest region. He also thanked the Telangana government for their support.
The forest department will be converting a small part of the land into an urban eco-park while the rest of the forest is going to be a conservation zone.
Khazipally reserver forest is especially known for its medicinal plants and is extended in 3 compartments.
The forest department is first going to fence the entire 1,650 acres and then start developing the eco-park. In the first phase of the project, construction of the park gate, see-through wall, walking track, viewpoint, gazebo and medicinal plant centre will take place.
All precautionary steps to prevent encroachment of the forest land has also been taken by the Forest Department.
The Saaho star confessed that he was inspired by his friend Santosh Kumar to adopt the Khazipally forest area. He said, “I am inspired by the Keera forest development initiative of Santosh Kumar where he adopted the forest. His philosophy and his polite manner of execution have impressed me a lot”. He would also give more instalments, depending upon the progress of the work, he further added. He pleaded to the Forest Department to develop the reserve forest as it would create an additional lung space in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) limits and develop an eco-park.
Earlier, Prabhas had vowed to adopt 1,000 acres of land under the ‘GreenIndiaChallenge’ in June 2020. He has not only kept his promise and adopted more than 1,000 acres of land but has also donated more money for its development.
The actor on his official Instagram handle had also uploaded a video related to this project and how he urged the Forest Department for the development of the reserve forest.
Prabhas further added that his participation in this project of helping society and preserving the environment has given him immense satisfaction.
However, due to the COVID- 19 restrictions, the program which was held at Khazipally forest took place in the presence of very few numbers of guest.