The tree, owing to its height, absorbs the impact of lightning and helps save precious lives.
The officials of Forest Department on Tuesday apprehended a West Bengal native for exhibiting a rare ornate flying snake near railway station here.
Assistant Conservator of Forest and other junior posts, including those of clerks, are lying vacant in the Division Forest Office (DFO).
The casuarina forest spread over 160 hectares, has huge number of casuarina trees that are about 10 years old.
Considering its proximity to Bhawanipatna town, Phurlijharan received a large number of tourists till July 2018 when all the amenities were destroyed in heavy rain, making the spot unsafe.
50 lakh seedlings will be distributed among people free of cost.