|Sunset at Vetal Tekdi|
The Vetal Tekdi is once again facing the threat of ‘development’, this time by none other than the Forest Department itself!
Once the project has been completed, entry fees will be charged for its upkeep."As a lot of people are regular visitors and come here for their daily exercise routine, they will be given the option of buying annual passes for a nominal fee. These passes will be sold at a further concessional rate to students, senior citizens or schools that organize field trips," Singh said.
Apart from the data interpretation centre and the medicinal plant grove that will be set up, the forest department also wants to improve amenities for visitors. Drinking water, toilets and a few gazebos where people can practice meditation or yoga will be provided.”
They say that all construction on the tekdi will be done with Ferrocrete which, if you examine, is just another name for reinforced concrete. Who are you trying to fool, Forest Dept?
Plans are afoot to set up “Medicinal Groves” and “Data Interpretation Centers” on the tekdi. This concept has earlier failed at places like Bhimashankar and is better developed in the Botanical gardens around Pune, not on a hill!
If we let this happen we ordinary Punekars will be the losers of fresh air, a natural environment, and free place to exercise.
What can you do?