The Noida authority has prepared a budget of `50 crore for the development of a biodiversity park in Sector 91. The proposed 75-acre green area off the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway is to be the city’s largest park. Construction work is expected to start in the next three months.
According to authority officials, the park site will have a cycle track, walkway, water bodies and an amphitheatre, among other facilities, and will serve as an ideal picnic spot for residents of the newly-developed housing societies that will surround the park.
“The horticulture department has sent the `50-crore budget to the finance department for final scrutiny. Subsequently, it will be sent to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi for vetting. Once IIT-Delhi gives a green signal to the budget, we will float tenders for development of the park. We hope to begin work on the ground in the next three months,” said Omvir Singh, director of horticulture, Noida authority.
Financial vetting of all big projects is done for transparency purposes, officials said.
According to officials, the proposed cycle track and walkway will be of 5 kms each and the two water bodies will be spread over an area of two acres each. The open-air theatre will be available for recreational events for visitors.
The 75-acre biodiversity park will have fruit trees, unlike other existing parks in the city that have more ornamental varieties.
“We have decided to plant six varieties of fruit trees in the park, including traditional varieties like neem and jamun etc. We also have plans to provide boating facilities in the water bodies, but they will be developed at a later stage,” said Singh.
“Most of the trees in this park will be fruit-bearing and that will attract children and birds too. Many birds depend on fruit trees for food and now face a food crisis as ornamental trees have been planted in the existing parks,” said an official.
According to officials, the new park will prove to be Noida’s biggest oxygen bank in the future as a 35-acre medicinal park will also be developed in its vicinity.
At present, Noida has 27% of its area as green cover, as against the 33% mandatory for every city. The authority said that it has decided to develop this area as the city’s park with an aim to increase its green cover in the face of the construction boom in the district.
As of now, the 28-acre Meghdutam Park in Sector 50 is the biggest park in city while the 18-acre D Park in Sector 62 is the only one with a lake. However, it does not have boating facilities.