SRINAGAR: The state administration on Sunday announced that an International Fossil Park would soon be established in Srinagar.
Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmad Lone, said the park would come up Khonmoh, Srinagar.
While visiting the site identified for the park, he sought the records from the departments of Revenue and Wildlife for early commissioning of the project.
The DC was accompanied by director Tourism, Kashmir, Mehmood Ahmad Shah, SDM Srinagar Syed Hanief Balki, and assistant commissioner Revenue Hamidullah Mir.
The director Tourism informed that apart from the tourism point of view, the park would also facilitate scholars.
He informed that the park has been envisaged to give a broader display of the state’s geological history.
He said the department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Kashmir, had agreed to provide fossils at the site.
The potential of the Khonmoh area is geographically and geologically well-known, as few years back a skeleton of a mammoth was excavated from the area.
The deputy commissioner held a threadbare discussion with the officials over developing the site into an international repute park.
“This is unique site in the world where we have signs of the mass extinction of species during mass tsunami that occurred 250 million years back,” the officials informed. The deputy commissioner impressed upon the officials to develop the International Fossil Park on priority basis.
Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner finalised the land for Chasm-e-Awami project which would also be developed by the Tourism department.