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digital: All Major Cities To Get Digital Biodiversity Museums Soon | Vijayawada News

digital: All Major Cities To Get Digital Biodiversity Museums Soon | Vijayawada News
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Vijayawada: As part of its efforts to increase awareness of the importance of biodiversity, the Andhra Pradesh State Biodiversity Board (APSBB) has proposed an action plan for the development of biodiversity parks and digital museums in all districts. The proposal has been approved by forest and environment minister Balineni Srinivasa Reddy.
Ch Yamini, junior assistant in the APSBB, told STOI that lands for the purpose have been identified in Kakinada, Kadapa, Tirupati, Nellore, Visakhapatnam, Amaravati, and Kurnool, with an estimated investment of 1.5 to 2 crore for each park. Digital biodiversity museums will be established in all major cities of the state.
Digital kiosks will be set up in the identified places after the district collectors accord permission to the board to set up a unit. These kiosk have been manufactured in and will be transported from Kerala, Ch Yamini said.
The digital museums will be free of cost for students, while ticket prices will be around 10 for others. Students can gain free entry into the museums by displaying their ID card at the entrance.
Andhra Pradesh has 14,157 biodiversity management committees (BMCs), of which just 13 are at the zilla parishad level, 661 at the mandal level, 120 at the municipality or municipal corporation level and 13,363 at the gram panchayat level. The government has taken a number of institutional measures to protect biodiversity in the state, of which a key component is the Biodiversity Conservation Act, 2002. The Act is enforced jointly by the Center and the states.


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