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March 26, 2011

Karwar Mangrove First To Get Pavitra Vana Status


26 March 2011

The mangrove forest on a tiny island in Kali river estuary, a few metres away from the Kali bridge here, will be declared ‘Pavitra vana’ (sacred forest) by the Forest Department soon. This will be the first mangrove forest in the state to have this status, DCF R Gokul of Karwar forest division said.

This would ensure the protection of mangroves from human interference, he claimed.

The island will also be developed into a destination for eco tourists, Gokul said. A boat jetty will be built and boating facility will be arranged from Kodibag jetty at the mouth of the river.

Rabindranath Tagore, who visited Karwar when he was 23, described in his memoir, his experiences during a voyage in the river on a moonlit night.

The forest department proposes to display hoardings describing the various mangrove species present and their importance.

Since a mangrove forest normally found in the river estuaries is described as the cradle of marine species, the department proposes to hold workshops on the need to protect the mangroves. Schools could also arrange tours to the island and researchers can take up projects, Gokul pointed out.

A Kali temple located in the island has been attracting devotees.

Declaring the mangrove forest as a sacred forest was welcomed by priest Vishnu Savant Bhosle. Botanist Jaykar Bhandari, a regular visitor to the island, proposed to bring out a booklet on mangrove species of the island.