Poor maintenance at Suvarna Vana rattles visitors at Sauthikere

Poor maintenance at Suvarna Vana rattles visitors at Sauthikere

The forest department had constructed Suvarna Vana to commemorate 50 years of independence at Sauthikere in Menasooru gram panchayat. The park is situated on 10 hectare land  and is built at a cost of Rs 58 lakh. It was was inaugurated by former minister H G Deve Gowda. The park has not seen maintenance after it was constructed way back in  1999.

The vana was developed with a view to create awareness among the public and children on the need for protecting trees that are indigenous to Western Ghats. There was a  audio visual room to provide information on forest. The Social Forestry had taken up the responsibility of maintaining it. Though the centre was working out well in the beginning, owing to lack of maintenance it lost its old charm. 

The Suvarna vana is known for its precious trees like ‘hebbalasu,’ ‘nerale,’ teak, ‘bilimathi,’ ‘nagasampige’  ‘Honge’ and other precious trees.

A Navagraha vana with medicinal plants like  ‘Arali,’ banyan, ‘Ekka,’ ‘bilvapathre,’ ‘banni,’ cotton, ‘Basli’ and Tulasi are waiting for facelift. Owing to lack of maintenance, only two to three plants are seen in Navagraha vana. The rest room which was constructed to help the visitors to take rest in the vana is in dilapidated condition. Weeds have grown around it.

 The swings for children have become useless.   A pond which was laid inside the park has gone dry and the ladder which was laid to enter the lake has been damaged. 

MLA D N Jeevraj said “during the previous BJP government, funds were earmarked to maintain Suvarna Vana. Now, again the vana is in dilapidated condition. The government should develop it on a priority basis.”

ZP former member H T Rajendra said “had the vana was entrusted to the department of tourism and forest development corporation, it would have been  maintained well.”
Social Forestry department DCF Gajanana Bhat said that lack of fund from the government has hindered the development of Suvarna Vana.

Taluk Congress unit President K P Amshumanth said “we have appealed to the Forest Minister to develop Suvarna Vana as a tourist spot. As Bhadra back water is situated nearby, boating can also be introduced.”