India's first 'coral garden

In an attempt to conserve several coral species at one place and to boost tourism in the state, the country’s first ‘coral garden’ will be set up at Mithapur coastal region of Devbhoomi-Dwarka district in Gujarat. 

Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) have signed a memorandum of understanding to set up the first of its kind coral garden.

The project will be funded by the Gujarat forest department as WTI has signed a broader MoU with the state also.

As per the project plan of the Mithapur Coral garden, the reef will be separated into various sections where almost all the coral species will be made available at one place.

“The ‘Mithapur Coral Garden’ will be one of its kind and it will house nearly all coral species found in Gulf of Kutch.

Just as in a terrestrial botanical park or garden, the reef will be separated into various sections, based on accessibility.

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“The tidal pools are primarily targeted for the coral garden. Each pool will contain a variety of corals, and will give a special emphasis to the placement of different species. It would be useful not only for education and tourism, but also restoration of the reef,” it said.

Tourists will be able to watch the beauty of corals as the authorities plan to have wading, snorkeling, diving, representative pool, jetty and boat anchoring areas in it, the report said.

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