November 24, 2022

Jharkhand’s first fossil park opens to visitors

Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren recently inaugurated a 95-acre park which was built to preserve fossils from the Jurassic era. Located on the hills of Rajmahal in Sahebganj, this Mandro Block Fossil Park was constructed at a cost of INR 10.79 crore which apart from generating employment for the locals will also promote eco-tourism.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister added that it is one of the greatest treasures that Jharkhand is proud of. Mandro Hill is one of the rarest places in the world to boast such fossil finds, he added.

Soren also added that he will visit the park again and stay there for a day to learn more about the fossils.

According to reports, several fossils of plants and animals from the Jurassic era have been discovered in the hills of Rajmahal, which are estimated to be between 200 and 145 million years old. According to the archives, the paleobotanist Birbal Sahani would be the first to have carried out an in-depth study of the fossils.

Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Sahebganj, Manish Tiwary told the media that this park has several facilities including a mini-laboratory, a museum-auditorium and an eco-tourism complex. He added that it was developed with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of preserving fossils, promoting ecotourism and creating livelihood opportunities for locals here.

Revealing more about the park, he said private vehicles will not be allowed in the park and only battery-powered auto rickshaws will be allowed inside. There will be a rest home, where researchers and students can stay and study, he added.