The Aravalli Biodiversity Park in DLF Phase 3, off MG Road, will remain closed for four hours during the day, starting Saturday.
The decision was taken by IamGurgaon, the NGO that maintains the park, in consultation with officials of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) after four incidents of fire were reported from the park in the last one week. In one of the incidents, over 150 plants were destroyed. Gardeners working in the park report most incidents of fire, officials said.
From Saturday, the park will be open from 6am to 11am and from 3pm to 6pm. Visitors will not be allowed between 11am to 3pm, which is also the time when most schools break for the day, officials of IamGurgaon said .
“We are trying to prevent such incidents from happening again. Most birders and visitors come early in the morning and evening. So shutting the park for four hours in between will not affect them. Besides, we will also allow visitors in groups to take permissions for supervised day visits,” Latika Thukral from IamGurgaon said.
MCG was unavailable for comment as its commissioner was recently transferred.
The civic body and IamGurgaon will also fence the park. Officials said students were often seen entering the park illegally. At times, they also try to destroy plants near the amphitheatre, officials said.
However, Thukral said the elderly, who sometimes visit the Biodiversity Park to enjoy the winter sun, may be inconvenienced by the new timings .
“However, if trespassing stops, we may revert to the system where the park was open through the day,” she said.
MCG officials said the park did not have enough number of guards, who could keep a vigil on an area of over 500 acres, throughout the day. The new timings will help put some control over visitors without having to increase the staff.