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Dinosaur Park in Gujarat soon

Chandran Iyer in Ahmedabad | August 16, 2005 11:04 IST
Last Updated: August 16, 2005 13:56 IST

The Union tourism ministry has sanctioned Rs 3.5 crores to set up a Dinosaur Fossil Park in Rahioli near Balasinore in Gujarat, considered to be one of the biggest hatcheries of dinosaurs in the world during the Jurassic era-- about 65 million years ago.

"The amount has been sanctioned recently to develop this area in a big way. This area has a very unique characteristic because most of the dinosaurs that roamed this areas were reptiles and palaeontologists from different parts of the country come here to study," said Director of Geological Survey of India Dr Z G Ghevariya.

The GSI had sent the proposal to the Centre in 1985 for protecting and developing the dinosaur site in Rahioli in Kheda district of Gujarat as this region occupies a special position in India and the world at large for the study of dinosaurs.

At that time, the GSI had asked for Rs 1 crore to develop the area and construct the park.

"But, with the escalation in cost over the years, we will need much more," Ghevariya said.

"All knowledge about these giant creatures, which became extinct 65 million years ago, has to be built on the basis of fossils embedded in rocks and India constitutes part of the cluster of the same continent-- the Gondwana land about 250 million years ago when dinosaurs evolved on earth," he said.

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