Ravinder Singh Malik
Conserving butterfly improves entire environment for wildlife and enriches the lives of the people. In view of this and on the line of butterfly park in Chandigarh, the state government has approved the first butter fly park to be set up on 2 acre land on the premises of Pipli zoo, spread over a land of 27 acre along road in Kurukshetra. Rs 1 crore has been sanctioned by the government for same.Though a butterfly park was started in Gurugram last year by an NGO in collaboration with of state government but it will be first of its kind sanctioned by the government.
Prior to this, a team of officials had visited the Chandigarh butterfly park. Due to massive urbanisation, it is part of a project to conserve the species of butterfly.The conservatory park will have larvae area along with information centre and green house for in house propagation. Besides, a number of fruit and ornamental trees will be planted in the park. The different species of plant will help in promoting a certain breed. Butterflies have a natural tendency to deliver egg on some trees and its flowers to get nourishment. Apart from this, a research and scientific centre will also be developed in the park.
With an aim to restore the natural environment for butterfly, the Forest Department has approved the park. One of the officials said that the increase in population of urban areas at a fast pace led to a decline in biodiversity. The habitat of butterfly is getting shrinked day by day due to rapid urbanisation. The changing pattern of climate and weather also has adverse effects on them. This beautiful insect has so many important aspects for us.”The department has approved the butterfly park to conserve the species of butterfly and it is the first butterfly park in Haryana set up by government,” said Conservator of Forest ML Rajvanshi.
Butterfly have great role to play in biodiversity, he added.The butterfly park located in Tau Devi Lal Bio-Diversity Park, Gurugram, has more than 27 species of butterfly such as plain tiger, mottled emigrant, great egg fly, peacock pansy and lemon pansy. To attract the butterflies, over a number of 150 species for ornamental plants and trees had been planted in the park. It is learnt the setting up of butterfly park on GT road belt will also be a point of attraction for tourists.
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