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Jharkhand’s first fossil park opens doors for visitors

The first fossil park in Jharkhand opened its doors to visitors

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren recently inaugurated a 95-acre park built to preserve Jurassic-era fossils. Located on the Rajmahal Hills in Sahebganj, this fossil park in the Mandro block has been constructed at a cost of Rs 10.79 crore, which will create employment for the locals as well as promote eco-tourism.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister added that it is one of the proudest treasures of Jharkhand. The Mandro Mountains are one of the rarest places in the world where such fossils are found, he added.

Soren added that he would visit the park again and return for a day to learn more about the fossils.

According to the report, fossils of several plants and animals of the Jurassic period have been discovered in the Rajmahal hills, which are estimated to be 200-145 million years old. If records are to be seen, paleobotanist Birbal Sahani was the first to conduct an extensive study of fossils.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Sahebganj, Manish Tiwari told media that the park has several facilities including a mini laboratory, a museum-cum-auditorium and an eco-tourism complex. He added that it was aimed at creating awareness about the importance of fossil conservation, promoting eco-tourism and creating livelihood opportunities for the locals.

Revealing more about the park, he said that private vehicles will not be allowed in the park and only battery-powered autorickshaws will be allowed inside. There will be a restroom, where researchers and students can stay and study.

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