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Millennium City gets a green lung

The Millennium City is all set to start its conversion from a concrete jungle to a green city. To preserve greenery on the eco-fragile Aravali ranges, the last vestiges of which run into Gurgaon, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon has roped in social organizations to set up a Biodiversity Park.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2010 00:34 IST
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The Millennium City is all set to start its conversion from a concrete jungle to a green city. To preserve greenery on the eco-fragile Aravali ranges, the last vestiges of which run into Gurgaon, the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon has roped in social organizations to set up a Biodiversity Park. The park will be near the Delhi border and will be spread across 155 acres in the Aravali Hills.

The park is to be launched on June 5 and likely to be named Aravali Biodiversity Park.

“We intend to set up a green attraction for the people coming to Gurgaon from Delhi and to show that Gurgaon is not a concrete jungle. We will develop the park in four phases. In the first phase, we will have 14 water bodies, water harvesting pits, jogging and cycling tracks, solar panels to light up the area and a nature education center for children,” said R.K. Khullar, the commissioner, MCG.

MCG officials say they plan to convert the park into a night safari destination or wildlife park later on.

But it’s not going to be an easy plan, create and operate plan. Wary of the land mafia and encroachers, the MCG is already fencing this stretch of the Aravalis with a Gabion Wall (stones stacked in wire mesh to check unauthorized entry) to check unauthorized entry.

The area where the MCG has planned the Biodiversity Park was once littered with slum dwellers and saw all sorts of illegal activities. The mafia had also been eyeing this prime location near Delhi to develop private projects.

I Am Gurgaon, a social organization represented by Gurgaon residents has conceptualized and designed the Biodiversity Park in collaboration with the MCG. Its representative Latika Thukral said the entire 155 acres was being fenced with Gabion Walls and that no foreign particle was being used for any type of construction there.

This park already is home to a large number of bird and plant species.