Hyderabad: Telangana municipal administration and urban development minister K.T Rama Rao along with the forest minister inaugurated the Pedda Amberpet Kalan Urban Forest Park on Thursday as part of the Pattana Pragathi program, a large-scale, state-wide tree-planting program implemented by the state government.

Pedda Amberpet Kalan Urban Forest Park is located in Hayathnagar mandal of Rangareddy district.

The park covers an area of 1,075.64 acres (437.24 Ha).

Visitors to the park can rest in any of the 15 gazebos that have been constructed in the forest area.

A two-km pathway allows the visitors to smoothly navigate the park.

Interpretation shed has also been constructed in the park.

The park's boundary is surrounded by a 12 km wall.

Around 40,000 trees have been planted in the forest area.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) has been entrusted with the work of developing 16 clusters of urban forest blocks and beautifying the city of Hyderabad and its surrounding areas within a radius of 100 kms. An important part of the development work is protection of forest blocks with peripheral fencing and taking up beautification work to create viable lung space in view of rapid urbanization.

These urban forest parks will have facilities such as gazebos, medicinal and flowering plants, walking tracks, yoga centres, and children's play area. Across the state, 109 such parks are being jointly developed by the municipal administration and the forest departments.

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