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Residents, Noida authority plant saplings at biodiversity park site

The group planted 600 saplings of different varieties that include neem, jamun, mango and sheesham.

noida Updated: Aug 30, 2018 04:14 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Noida
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The Noida authority, various residents’ welfare associations and several villagers took part in the exercise on Wednesday.(HT PHOTO)

The Noida authority, various residents’ welfare associations and several villagers on Wednesday planted 600 saplings at the site of the biodiversity park site in Sector 91. A group also staged a protest against the Noida authority’s plan of developing a park in the stead of the forest area.

“We have planted 600 saplings of different varieties that include neem, jamun, mango and sheesham. We have planted traditional fruit bearing tree saplings. We aim to develop the city’s biggest biodiversity park here,” Rajiv Tyagi, general manager of the Noida authority, said.

RWAs of Sectors 82, 91, 92, 93, 93B, 99, 100, 105 and 108, and villages including office-bearers of the federation of Noida RWAs also took part in the plantation drive. Students and teachers from Panchsheel Balak Inter College also took part in the exercise.

The authority has planned to plant over 180 species of trees, 90 species of shrubs, grasses, and 20 species of bamboos and palms. It has a target to plant 4,500 trees, 99,000 shrubs, 1,000 climbers, 4.27 lakh ground covers and native grass in this park, officials said.

The authority will spend ₹50 crore on this park, which will be ready in the next six months, officials said. Currently, Meghdootam Park, spread over an area of 28 acres in Sector 50, is the biggest park in the city.

A park named D-Park, spread over 18 acres in Sector 62, also has a lake. The authority had planned to cut eucalyptus trees to make way for the biodiversity park at the site in Sector 91.

The authority is, however, facing protests from a section of residents, who said that in the name of cutting eucalyptus, the authority is felling other species of fully grown trees at the site. A group of people, holding banners, protested against the authority’s move of developing the park.

“We do not want a park at this site. We demand that the forest area not be destroyed as it is home to wildlife. The habitat will be damaged if the ornamental trees replace the flora,” Vikrant Tongad, an environmentalist, said.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 04:14 IST