In a first-of-its-kind project, the district forest department plans to develop a grassland ecosystem near the Sultanpur National Park by rejuvenating land and creating a favourable habitat for wildlife.
The project will be implemented in Bashirpur, which near Sultanpur National Park. “A total area of 300 acres will be developed into a grassland ecosystem. Currently, the area has many eucalyptus trees that are highly dependent on the groundwater table,” MD Sinha, forest conservator of Gurgaon, said.
Sinha has asked all forest officials in the district to identify around two acres in their areas to create a small patch of grassland ecosystem.
“We have to develop areas to rejuvenate the lost habitat in the region. Many animals and birds have migrated to different areas because of habitat loss,” he said.
Similarly, other areas will be developed in the forest zone, which is spread across 3,000 hectares. However, officials said the process of restoring land and habitat requires gradual intervention as the existing ecosystem needs time to adapt to the change.
To identify the pattern and reinstate wildlife, the forest department has recently conducted a survey, which will be submitted to public works department minister Rao Narbir Singh on Friday.
“We have conducted a survey to study wildlife habitat in the Aravallis and their migration pattern,” Sinha said.
The department conducted the survey after many cases of leopard deaths were reported in the city. The report will also list the different wildlife species in the Aravallis.