KOZHIKODE: Kerala’s first mangrove museum, mooted by Koyilandy municipality around six years ago, will soon be a reality on the banks of Anelapuzha.
A two-storey building constructed for the purpose will be opened in two months with all facilities to conserve the endangered species of mangrove saplings, reports The Hindu.
The municipality has come out with the novel project with the objective of converting around 10 acres of mangrove forest within its limits into an eco-tourism destination. It is also ready with a ₹10-crore proposal, which will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, for acquisition of 10 acres of private land where mangroves are now being conserved.
“In the first phase, as many as 12 rare species of mangroves identified at the spot will be displayed at the museum. Coconut timbers filled with muddy soil will be used to plant mangrove saplings in a creative way,” says municipal chairman K. Sathian.
He adds that the 1,500-sq ft building will have an exclusive reference library on mangrove forests and space for mangrove photo exhibitions.
The municipality is mainly pooling its own project fund and the prize money it received from various governmental and non-governmental organisations for administrative excellence to complete the project. The ₹1 lakh cash award recently received from the Kerala State Pollution Control Board too has been added to the museum project for its early realisation.
Mr. Sathyan says the municipality is very much hopeful of the acquisition of the entire stretch of mangrove forests between Kanayamkode and Nelliyadi regions as it will give perfection to the whole project.
“With the limited financial resources of a local body, we will not be able to attempt land acquisition independently. We hope the detailed project report will be considered by the government after reviewing our work,” he adds.