Hyderabad, Sep 7 (PTI): 'Baahubali' star Prabhas on Monday 'adopted' 1,650 acres of Khazipally Reserve Forest near here and handed over a cheque for Rs two crore to the officials concerned for its development.
Prabhas, along with Environment Minister Allola Indra Karan Reddy andTelangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) Rajya Sabha MP Joginipally Santosh Kumar, laid the foundation stone foran Urban Forest Parkat thereserve forest, an official release said.
They observed the reserve forest from a temporary watch tower and also planted a few saplings in the region.
Khazipallyreserve forest is known for having quite a number of medicinal plants.
The forest department, the release said, planned to convert a small portion of KRF into the Park and the rest of the area to be a conservation zone.
In the first phase, the entire 1,650 acres would be fenced, following which construction of a park gate, see through wall, walking track, view point and medicinal plant centre would be constructed.
Prabhas decided to adoptKhazipally reserve forest for development in memory of his father, the late U V S Raju, the release said.
The actor said he would donate more amounts in instalments, depending on the progress of the work.
He requested the Forestdepartment to develop the reserve forest so that it would create additional lung space in the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) limits and develop a Eco park.
Santosh Kumarsaidmany industrialists would soon come forward to adopt Reserve forest blocks and he would announce the details shortly.
Special Chief Secretary Santhi Kumari and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF)R Shoba were among the officials present. PTI VVK APR RAVINDRANATH APR RAVINDRANATH