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Gurgaon to get a Butterfly Park on forest land in Sector 52

The butterly park in Sector 22 will on the lines of the ones in Jamshedpur and Jharkhand.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 18, 2017 23:25 IST
Ipsita Pati
Ipsita Pati
Hindustan Times
Butterfly,forest land,Tau Devi Lal Bio Diversity Park
The site in Sector 52 where the butterfly park will come up over 19 acres.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The residents here will soon get a butterfly park in Sector 52. The 19-acre forest land will be developed into a park where butterfly ‘larvae’ and ‘pupa’ will get an adequate environment to flourish.

Since there is less than 1% green cover in the city at present, the project is important, said the officials of forest department.

This will be a joint initiative by the forest department and Uthaan, an NGO and the park will take five years to develop. The work on the project is expected to start by next month. The total estimate of the project is Rs three crore and it will come up near the Tau Devi Lal Bio Diversity Park. This will be open for the public where people will be able to connect to the nature.

“The proposal has been sent for approval last week and we are expected to get a nod soon. Around 20-25 species of butterflies pupa will be initially stored in the park,” said MD Sinha, conservator of forest, South Haryana.

The park will attract moth, bats and other insects as a result the area can be developed into a city forest. Recently the area has witnessed plantation drive where a large number of Aravalli species have been planted by the forest department.

It will be developed in the similar model of the butterfly park which is located at Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, said Sanjay Kaushik from Uthaan.

“We will get experts from Tata Steel Zoological Park in Jamshedpur for their advice. We will be planting flowering species and host plants for butterflies,” said Kaushik.

The proposed park will have host plants and nectar plants which will attract the butterfly to flourish. The park will also have an isolation zone where research on butterfly will be conducted.

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Delhi has a butterfly park at Asola Bhatti Wildlife Sanctuary in south Delhi spread across three acre of land where around 60 different species of butterfly have been recorded.

There is also a 420-acre eco-tourism park at Rajarhat, Kolkata, where a part of it is developed as Butterfly Park.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 23:25 IST