India's first coral garden to be set up in Gujarat
In an effort to protect numerous coral species at one place and to enhance tourism in the state, the country’s first ‘Coral garden’ will be set up at Mithapur coastal region of Devbhoomi-Dwarka district in Gujarat, which will conserve coral species. Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) have inked a MoU to set up the first of its kind coral garden. The project will be financed by the Gujarat forest department as WTI has inked a broader MoU with the state also.
As per the project plan of the Mithapur Coral garden, the reef will be divided into several divisions where nearly all the coral species will be made accessible at one place. It would be beneficial not only for education and tourism, but also for refurbishment of the reef.
Tourists will be able to view the beauty of corals as the authorities intend to have wading, snorkeling, diving, representative pool, jetty and boat anchoring areas in it.