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Noida’s biggest biodiversity park to be ready next year

The Noida authority will spend Rs 50 crore on the 75 acre park in Sector 91 and it will be ready in the next six months.

noida Updated: Aug 21, 2018 15:09 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times, Noida
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A view of the under-construction biodiversity park in sector 91, in Noida, on Sunday, August 19, 2018. The proposed 75­ acre green area is located off the Noida- Greater Noida Expressway.(Sunil Ghosh / HT Photo )

The Noida authority has started work on the 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.

The authority has decided to spend Rs 50 crore on this park, which will be ready in the next six months, officials said. Currently, Meghdootam park, spread on 28 acres in Sector 50, is biggest park in city. Another park named D-Park, spread over 18 acres in Sector 62, also has a lake.

“We have started constructing the footpath and planting saplings at the park. We aim to plant as many as 4,322 traditional trees including neem, jamun, banyan and mango. We will also plant 19,625 ornamental trees to make this park the most beautiful in the city,” Rajiv Tyagi, general manager, Noida authority, said on Friday.

The park site is surrounded by newly developed housing societies and it would offer an ideal picnic spot for residents. With long cycle tracks, walkways, water bodies and amphitheatre, among others facilities, will offer a unique experience to visitors, officials said.

According to officials, the cycle tracks and walkways will be nearly 5km long. There will be two water bodies spread over an area of two acres each and an open-air theatre for recreational events for visitors.

“The 75 acre Biodiversity Park will be full of fruit trees, unlike the other existing parks that have more ornamental trees. These trees do not produce much oxygen and are used only for aesthetic purposes,” Tyagi said.

Officials said it will be the biggest oxygen bank in Noida in the future as a 35 acre medicinal park is also being developed in the vicinity to the 75 acre Biodiversity Park.

Currently, Noida has 27% of its area reserved as green, as opposed to the 33% mandated by the forest department in every city. The authority said that it has decided to develop this park with an aim to increase the green cover even as the city is turning into a concrete jungle.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 15:09 IST