Botanical Garden Of KDA To Be Converted Into NGT Mandated Biodiversity Park In Kanpur
Kanpur, August 23 (TNA) With the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asking all the districts situated at Ganga Basin to set a 50 Acres Biodiversity park to protect & enrich the Biodiversity of the Ganga Basin, the Kanpur administration has got down to work.
And so the High level committee on Development of Kanpur has taken a decision to convert the Botanical garden project of Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) into a Biodiversity park with including all necessary components of the Biodiversity park.
It was also resolved in the KDA Board meeting to take necessary steps to convert the Botanical garden into Biodiversity park so that the NGT requirements are complied with and also the Infrastructure can be better used for the protection & conservation of the Ganga Basin ecosystem & also brining in public awareness for protection of Ganga, divisional commissioner Kanpur Raj Shekhar informed.
KDA has requested help of the Delhi University for this project. Delhi university has a Special Program of “Biodiversity Parks Conservation” and they are doing many projects across India for NGT and doing so on the directives of Courts.
Dr Faiyaz Khudsar, of Delhi university who is the nodal officer for the project was in Kanpur on August 21 and 22 and he visited the site of the Proposed Bio-diversity park and then had a detailed discussion with Commissioner, VC KDA, Forest officers & Irrigation department officers.
In the initial meetings, Dr Faiyaz has said that the site is very good for the Bio-diversity park and it has all components of that. He proposed to take up the project in 3 phases.
In the first phase de-silting of the water body and Ganga entry point in the area will be taken up, under phase 2, intensive plantation in the area as per the Local Ganga basin ecological system will be done and in the phase 3, supportive infrastructure like toilets, parking area, Ganga Gallery, Ganga walk way, Ganga Exhibition centre etc will come up.
Dr Faiyaz will submit the initial project report in next 15 days which will then be discussed and taken up accordingly in the next KDA Board meeting for modalities.