Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and Tata Chemicals Limited (TCL) in first week of September 2014 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up India’s first of its kind Coral Garden in Gujarat. This Coral Garden will be set up at Mithapur coastal region of Devbhoomi-Swarka district of Gujarat.
The funds for the project will be borne by Gujarat Forest Department, as WTI also signed a broad MoU with the State also. As per the plan, the coral garden will be helpful in conserving several coral species at one place and will also boost tourism in the State.
The project was conceptualized by BC Choudhury after which the WTI conducted initial experiments at the proposed site for conservation of the coral species that succeeded. The success of the experiment at the proposed site signals that it is fit to develop as coral garden.
The project will be developed at the Mithapur Coral Garden and in the process reeds will be separated into various sections so that all coral species can be made available at one place. The Mithapur Coral Garden will house nearly all coral species that are found in Gulf of Kutch.