Employees of Ship Building Centre and trekking enthusiasts clearing one of the routes at Kambalakonda Eco Tourism Park in Visakhapatnam on Sunday.— Photo: K .R. Deepa
Clear one of the three routes rendered inaccessible post-Hudhud
After a long gap of five months post Hudhud, the silent valleys of Kambalakonda Eco Tourism Park woke up to the buzz of enthusiastic trekkers on Sunday morning.
In all, 60 employees of the Ship Building Centre, along with a small team of dedicated trekkers, took up the challenge to revive one of the popular trek routes of the park, destroyed during the cyclone.
While enjoying nature away from the city’s noisy existence was one part of the mission, the intent was significant in many ways.
Once known as a trekker’s paradise, the park was wrapped under an unusual lull following the catastrophic effect wrought by the cyclone that ripped apart its green cover. The impact also destroyed the three well-laid popular trek routes (three km, five km, and 11 km) of the park that used to draw hordes of nature-lovers and a growing clan of trekkers in the city.
But, even after five months, nothing much was done to clear the trek routes that remained hidden under a debris of dried and fallen trees and bushes, making it inaccessible for the public.
It was this massive task to clear up one of the trek routes of three km that was taken up by the participants, many of whom were first-time trekkers.
“We used to frequently trek the routes before the cyclone damaged it. Our aim is to clear up the three-km route so that people can once again relive the pleasure of trekking,” said P Rajani Kanth, an experienced trekker and Sports Officer of the Ship Building Centre.
Armed with gloves and wood-cutting tools, it took the team more than two hours to clear the route.
The team was divided into three groups, each accompanied by a forest guard.
“The trekking routes in this park are a boon for nature-lovers and fitness enthusiasts. Where will you find such a rich natural canopy so close to the city!” said Ratna Latha Pachava, an ardent trekker.
The tired spirits trooped back clearing the route, but there was a jubilant look in their faces.
Once trekking activities revive in the park, it may perhaps be a step forward in restoring the lost glory of the place.