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State’s first Forest Research Institute in city soon

The much-awaited project of Allahabad-based CSFER to set up State's first FRI in the city, reports Shivani Chaturvedi.

india Updated: Apr 12, 2007 14:47 IST

The much-awaited project of Allahabad-based Centre For Social Forestry and Eco-Rehabilitation (CSFER) to set up State's first Forest Research Institute (FRI) in the city, has got the green signal from Indian Council Of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE).

As a result, residents of the district will soon get a rich experience of flora and fauna.

The dream of setting up the institute became a reality following the approval of the proposal sent by the CSFER to the director general of ICFRE and director of FRI, for acquiring land in the district for the purpose of setting up its own building, at the meeting of Board of Governors, ICFRE under Ministry of Environment and Forest, held in New Delhi, on March 23.

"At present the Centre is operating from a small rented premises and non-availability of land was the major factor which hindered the Allahabad-based Centre to widen the scope of its activities and reach the masses.

Now the Centre will get it's own campus and adequate infrastructure which will help in functioning more effectively", said conservator of forests and head of the Centre, AK Pandey.

The Centre would then also be able to pursue more projects. Besides, training skills would also be provided to forest officers as well as to the farmers.

In addition to this, the Centre would acquire hi-tech devices for carrying out research works. Apart from this, residential accommodation would be provided on the campus, he added.

"Presently, the forestry experts and scientists from UP belt are forced to go to Dehradun, Jabalpur and Coimbatore to carry out the research work as requisite resources are not available in Allahabad-based Centre. With adequate infrastructure, the experts will be able to carry out the work here itself", said Pandey.

The site near IIIT-Jhalwa is under consideration.

However, the final selection of the site would be done by the team nominated by ICFRE which would visit the area soon.

First Published: Apr 12, 2007 14:45 IST