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Crocodile park to come up at Yamuna Bio Park

Sidhartha Roy, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, February 12, 2013
First Published: 23:16 IST(12/2/2013) | Last Updated: 23:17 IST(12/2/2013)

Delhiites would soon be able to visit a crocodile park at the Yamuna biodiversity park located near Wazirabad.

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The Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which has developed the Yamuna biodiversity park near Wazirabad village, is now working on Phase II of the park, where the crocodile park is envisioned. The park is spread over an area of 457 acres and the Phase II would encompass an area of 300 acres more.

The project, which is being funded by DDA and coordinated by its landscape and horticulture department, is being developed by the Delhi University's Centre for Environmental Management of Degraded Systems (CEMDE).

The Yamuna Biodiversity Park is located along the floodplains in the upstream of river Yamuna near Wazirabad village. This project is being developed in two phases. Phase I was initiated in the year 2002 and today it has fully functional wetland ecosystems and well developed forest ecosystems.  

DDA believes that the development of the wetland would help in attracting birds, which might help in developing a bird sanctuary similar to the one in Okhla or even Bharatpur.

The project would also include food courts and an amphitheatre. In future, a nature trail along the bank is planned, which would enable enthusiasts to cycle the distance between Wazirabad and Okhla.

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