After so many years of rampant poaching in its campus, University of Hyderabad has finally come to a decision to develop 250 acres of land into a bio-reserve and wildlife corridor.
The blueprint has been prepared in such a way that this action will not harm any of four lakes such as the Peacock, Gundlakunta, Chilkalkunta and Nallagandla lakes along with the surrounding areas, abundant in flora and fauna.
A three-member committee had studied the topography of the lake, the master plan to develop the place into a greenbelt was approved by the university administration three months ago. Apart from medicinal plants, the campus is home to the spotted deer, wild boars, peacocks and bats among other varieties of birds on the campus’s shrub jungles, a survey has revealed.
The administration has also effectively banned any construction in this area as per the official notice.
The university campus, according to an internal survey, has 734 varieties of flowering plants. Among them, 315 are used in traditional Indian medicines.
The vice chancellor of University, E Hairbabu said in a statement “We decide to develop the area into a bio-reserve as all the four lakes are interconnected with water channels. Any construction will only disturb the water course, the bio-reserve will be a safe haven for wildlife on campus.”
“The committee took stock of the survey and then finalized the master plan,” Haribabu added.
According to researchers, 80 bird species, 10 mammal species and 15 reptile species are found here. These listings were the result of field studies done by students and faculty members. “We hope to protect the species as much as possible with the help of the state government and forest department,” said the vice-chancellor.