Vol. 5 Num 1035 Mon. April 30, 2007  

Madhutila Eco-Park becoming attractive tourist spot

Madhutila Eco-Park in Sherpur district has become an attractive tourist spot with sufficient breathing spaces and scopes for amusement.

The eco-park covering 380 acres of land in Sameshchura and Puragoan under Madhutila Forest Range in Nalitabari upazila is the first man-made park for tourists in greater Mymensingh.

Madhutila, a frontier upazila in Sherpur, is bestowed with natural beauty with small hills. Hundreds of tourists visit the park every day during dry season, according to official sources.

To develop the Madhutila Eco-Park, the forest department took up the Madhutila Eco-Park Project--First Phase in 1999-2000 financial year covering 100 acres of forestland.

The project included a feeding place for birds and animals, plantation of rare varieties of tress and decorative and medicinal plants.

The Local Government and Engineering Department (LGED) constructed a rest house, office and residential accommodation for officials and employees.

The LGED set up sculptures of elephant, alligators, tigers, deer, mermaids, snakes and frogs, dug lakes, constructed a watch tower atop a hill and a spillway. There are paddle boats in the lakes.

The first phase was completed in June 2004 at a cost of Tk. 1.64 crore, official sources said.

Work on the second phase was started in 2005-2006 financial year involving Tk 4 crore and will be completed in FY 2008-2009.

The second phase work includes constructions of a mini zoo, children's corner, mural of animals and plants at the main gate of the park, creation of more picnic spots, information centre, display models, parking zone, steel made umbrellas and benches for visitors, said Md. Akbar Hossain, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Mymensingh.

The eco-park is 221 kilometers from the capital and 30 kilometer off Sherpur town. Sherpur is only about four hours' journey from Dhaka.

Akbar said the eco-park will be a great attraction for tourists when the project work will be completed.

It will also be a source of revenue for the government.

The spillway at Madhutila Eco-Park in Sherpur. PHOTO: STAR